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Leaving work on time

Why leave the office on time?

Every full-time worker experiences the pressures of the job from time to time and can get in the habit of staying later in the workplace. It is important to keep in mind that leaving on time is essential for maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

According to an Australian Bureau of Statistics report, 5 million of Australia’s 7.7 million full-time workers work more than 40 hours each week. The majority of full-time workers in Australia are staying later because of a combination of reasons, one of them which may be;

  1. The workplace culture calls for longer hours
  2. Employees are not prioritising their time during work hours
  3. Your workplace is under resourced and demands long hours to get the work done

The health implications of working too long

The effects of working long hours can range from headaches and stress to more serious implications such as anxiety and panic attacks. The longer employees work extensive hours in a high stress environment, the more likely it is that they will become burnt out and physical unwell. To avoid health impacts, employees need enough time to unwind, participate in non-work related activities and get a good night sleep before starting a new work day.

Studies have shown that if you set yourself a goal each day to leave at 5pm you’re more likely to be consistently productive through the day. The daily deadline can help curb procrastination as you can’t get in the mindset of being able to do the work later.

Ways to make it easy to leave on time

  • Plan your day – block out periods in your calendar for time consuming priorities
  • Communication with your team – let everyone you work with know you’re planning on leave the office on time that day
  • Evaluate your work practices – if you’re staying back late each night, have a look at why that is. Are you spending too long in meetings? Running personal errands during work hours or not organising your tasks?
  • Technology is your friend – pick up the phone to make a call instead of a long email or use productivity apps to keep your progress in check

Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: June 1, 2016.

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