Working overtime is old-school


We often have this image of the ambitious and determined employee who works a good number of hours of overtime and who will enjoy an exemplary career through the force of his work, but all those hours come at a price.

Working overtime is old-school

Overtime and great health don't mix; yes those long hours come at a price. In any case, the limit of hours spent on work varies from person to person, as well as the reason. Personal choice, social culture, bosses' demands ... The reasons are great but the consequences even greater. An additional week of hours can have major negative consequences. The quality and consistency of the employee's work could be affected. Overtime and fatigue go hand in hand to significantly reduce your attention and your work performance. Fatigue from long hours of work and a short rest period between shifts is an important consideration for the health and safety of workers, no matter what your trade. Fatigue causes many problems, affecting judgment and concentration, slowing reaction time, and increasing dangerous behavior.

The risk for the employer is to no longer know the actual time required for key business processes and activities. Also, the reduced productivity rate of its employees can lead the company to great difficulties when it comes to building culture and a motivating environment.

Several solutions are available to you. We at Triple Dimensions for example, do not mandate overtime, and it paid off. We find it important to completely disconnect on weekends and even weeknights. Each of us has a primary need to rest and enjoy life. We believe there are several tools that can help complete our workload without impinging on our life outside of work.

Managing your agenda and priorities seems trivial, but a schedule created several weeks in advance is one of the most important tools. Do you seem to be running out of time? There are 168 hours in a week. Does that sound like a lot? A lot can be accomplished in just 40 hours if your time management is optimized.

 Also, if managing your time is no longer enough, prioritizing and delegating is key. It is proven that the overtime workload is often overlooked. If that doesn't change anything, why not talk to your employer? A discussion where everyone has to gain.