Here’s a Tip to Help You Leave Work Early Today
By Clinton Jones on December 22, 2015
How many hours do you work per week?
Chances are you clock in around 35 – 50, but you might work longer. In several countries like the UK, you can’t legally be expected to work more than 48 hours a week on average – over 17 weeks. This law is sometimes called the ‘working time directive’ or ‘working time regulations.’ Employees can choose to work more by opting out of the 48-hour week, but some occupations require more than 48 hours a week. In France if you work more than 35 hours a week, theoretically you’re entitled to overtime – what the BBC refers to as the “mythical French 35 hour week.”
Whatever the expectations of a typical work day look like for your occupation and region, it’s likely that leaving work at a reasonable hour is possibly “a novelty” rather than the norm for you. Recent research suggests that people are working longer hours than necessary, because there is always work to be done. Several interesting work-time behaviors were recently revealed in a survey conducted by the charity Working Families titled the 2015 Modern Families Index. Nearly two-thirds (60%) of survey respondents felt forced to put in extra hours to get their work done, while 58% said working late was the only way they could keep up with their workload. Survey respondents listed family as a high priority, particularly those who were parents. “Parents are putting in extra hours just to get the job done. This is a combination of work pressure, jobs growing too large to be done within ‘normal’ hours and workplace cultures that still value presenteeism and long hours. Fathers are putting in the longest hours.”
Some good news for Winshuttlers
If you’re an SAP user and part of that extra work time is attributable to manual data entry or entering transcription data into time consuming SAP ERP screens – Winshuttle can help. For over a decade one of the benefits of using Winshuttle Transaction Automation with SAP ERP transactions has been the time savings users continue to experience. You can assess the amount of time you can save with Winshuttle by taking a look at the Winshuttle ROI calculator. Another important characteristic of Winshuttle products is the ability to schedule transaction scripts or query scripts to run after hours. When this feature is combined with chained scripts, you can run scripts at specific times of the day and have cascading script actions perform after your pre-steps have been executed. When you schedule individual scripts and chains, you also have the ability to use the Auto Logon and Email notification features. If you’re not using scheduling or chained scripts for queries or transaction recordings, check out both of these features today and you might have the chance to clock out early!
About the author
Clinton Jones is a Director for Finance Solutions Management at Winshuttle where he has worked since 2009. He is internationally experienced having worked on finance technologies and business process with a particular focus on integrated business solutions in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America. Clinton serves as a technical consultant on technology and quality management as it relates to data and process management and governance for finance organizations globally. Prior to Winshuttle he served as a Technical Quality Manager at SAP and with Microsoft in their Global Foundation Services group.
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