With this in mind Prospect has launched WorkTime YourTime, a new online resource to help members achieve a better work-life balance.
While this may seem a forlorn hope in the current uncertain economic climate, reports indicate that the impact of a long hours culture on the health, productivity and safety of workers can be devastating, whether it’s the result of organisational change or just increasing workload.
Worktime Yourtime contains a wide range of information and resources, from suggestions on simple changes to help regain a feeling of control, to advice on a range of flexible working arrangements and other measures to break the long-hours culture or help balance caring responsibilities with work.
The home page offers a link to a simple hours check calculator where members can tot up how their unpaid overtime translates into hours, or even days, worked for free. There is also a spreadsheet that can act as a useful tool to track and tally unpaid hours to support a case when trying to reclaim the time.
So if you feel that your working life is taking more than a fair share of your time and energy, and that the balance between work and other areas of your life has become a little skewed, you may wish to take a look at Worktime Yourtime.