While employees are working longer hours than ever before and spending more time in the workplace then they are legally obliged to, new reports suggest that many employers are taking this kind of overtime for granted.
Research carried out by Robert Walters reveals that under a third (31 per cent) of employers actually reward staff for overtime, indicative of the fact that longer working hours are becoming the expected norm.
It was also found that over two-thirds (69 per cent) do not recognise overtime at all while only 11 per cent offer pay for extra hours worked. For employees looking for recognition through extra commitment and longer hours, this could come as less than welcome news.
Andrew Chancellor, managing director of banking and financial services at Robert Walters, warns that employers may need to focus on rewarding hardworking employees in order to ensure staff retention.
"Motivating and encouraging hard work is a great way of getting the best out of employees," he told Online Recruitment.
Research from officebroker.com reveals an increase in workers staying late and putting in longer hours.