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Why Overtime is Actually Hurting Your Company

In many companies, employees work overtime in order to get extra work done or to get all projects completed on time. Staff members may voluntarily opt to work long hours in order to try to impress managers, or some workers may be asked to stay late in order to get everything finished up.

While employers often tend to view hardworking employees who work overtime as a good thing, the reality is that overtime can actually be bad for your staff and bad for business. A few key reasons why overtime may not be a good thing include:

  • More work doesn’t always mean better or more productive work. When employees work for many hours, they actually can end up becoming less productive during the entirety of the time they are at work. No one can realistically keep up concentration for 9, 10, 11-hour days or longer. Instead of staff who just try to out-work each other in terms of the number of hours on-the-job, companies tend to be better off with employees who can do really great work for shorter time periods.
  • Employees are more likely to get burned out and make mistakes. If your staff members are tired and stressed from working long hours, there is a greater chance that mistakes will be made. Employees may eventually become tired of the frantic pace of their working life as well, and could end up quitting rather than just cutting back. You could lose valuable staff members due to the relentlessness of constant overtime work. 
  • Employees can become stressed due to lack of work/life balance. If your employees are always at work, other things can suffer. If employees are worried about family life or are unhappy with their work life balance, this can begin to affect their quality of work.

To avoid these downsides, your business should strongly consider making policies and establishing a corporate culture that promotes efficiency and effectiveness- rather than just long hours. You may find your staff gets more, and better, work done if they don’t work so much overtime.

You also need to make sure you have enough people working for you who can get the job done. This means you may need to expand your staff by hiring more qualified employees.  If you are looking for new workers in Dallas, Fort Worth, or surrounding areas, High Profile can help. Contact us today at 972-991-7900 or contact us online to find out more about how our staffing professionals can assist your company in finding staff that can accomplish all essential tasks in a timely manner.