3 Reasons Why You Should Be Concerned About Employees Working Excessive Overtime

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For most employers who put their employees on salary, overtime seems like a gift because it’s free work.

Sadly though, this isn’t always the case. The reality is that overtime can lead to a lot of problems for employees and in turn, end up being a major pain for the employers when things go south.

To be clear, we’re not saying all overtime is bad. Every once in a while, we might have to come into the office on the weekend, especially when a client needs something right away, and that is perfectly okay. But when overtime becomes a weekly, or worse, daily ritual, we begin to get a little concerned.

Today, we are going to give three reasons why you should be concerned about employees working excessive overtime. Take a look below:

  1. Overtime can lead to burnout. Consistent overtime can lead to burnout pretty quickly if you’re not careful. Not only is this bad for productivity, it’s also really bad for your employees’ health. In turn, you run the risk of running some of your best employees into the ground, which will most likely lead to higher turnover rates and a narrowing of your talent pool.
  2. Overtime can be a poor reflection of your company. Sure, you may find an employee here or there making up for lost time because they had a little extra on their plate that week, but more likely than not, if your employees are clocking in an excessive amount of overtime, then it has more to say about your company than about them. 

    Excessive overtime can have a number of sources, whether it’s from poor communication, a poor organization system/method, hiring managers neglecting to hire employees with a good work ethic, etc. But all in all, it means that your company as a whole isn’t efficient enough, which in turn affects your productivity as well as your employer branding.

  3. Overtime can lead to employee dissatisfaction. Above all, overtime is terrible for employee satisfaction. No one wants to feel like a slave to their job, and no one feels it more than the person who is obligated to come in every weekend or stays a few hours later than the rest of their co-workers.

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