Watch Out For Office Moths
WITH last year marking the eighth anniversary of National Moth Night, officebroker.com has been talking to businesses across Britain to find out if office moths – those employees who regularly work late into the night are on the rise.
The company asked some of these companies whether long hours and regular late night unpaid overtime shifts were still a regular occurrence, and if they had seen a rise in the number of people willing to stay late to keep up with their workload or cover for other staff.
And the general consensus was yes’ – in fact many Business Centres throughout the UK are now beginning to operate 24/7 to cater for the growing demand of ‘office moths’ as the traditional nine to five is fast becoming a thing of the past.
So what is driving this trend? Cited reasons included, the rise of the ‘I want it now’ culture which thrives in Britain’s increasingly busy society.
Often if a customer’s goods and services aren’t immediately available at the touch of a button, they will go elsewhere so businesses will extend opening hours to fulfil this need. Perhaps this is also a knock-on effect of the customer having to work longer hours themselves.
There is also a rise in overseas trade and with the differing time zones between far flung places such as the USA and Asia, employees are often working later shifts to meet demand.
Other reasons included an increasing number of people working late to ‘impress the boss’ – making sure they arrive before and leave after their superiors, heavier workloads and a rise in skilled professionals in business driving competition for jobs.
Jim Venables, managing director of officebroker.com, said: “While there will always be times when each of us can expect to have to work late, say in a business crisis or start up situation for example, I believe that when people are working late on a regular basis, not only is there something wrong but also this is bad for business.
“People’s productivity levels fall when they are tired, overworked or unhappy with their employment situation,” said Jim. “Individuals will also be more likely to look outside the company for a new role, causing recruitment and retention problems.
“If a person cannot do the job expected of them in the hours for which they are regularly employed then they are either not up to the job or their job description and the expectations of them are wrong.”
Jim believes this can be bad news for business and says an excess of office moths’ in the building is something which should ring alarm bells.
“Enlightened companies which recognise this to be a problem and set about reducing the number of hours worked over and above a normal working day are not only seeing happier employees, they are also seeing higher productivity levels and a serious reduction in their corporate carbon footprint.”