From the TUC

Friday 26 Feb is Work Your Proper Hours Day

24 Feb 2010, By

Work Your Proper Hours Day

Are you ready for Work Your Proper Hours Day this Friday (26 Feb)? It’s the day when, according to official statistics, the average person who does unpaid overtime stops working for free, and starts to earn for themselves.

We reckon that’s a day to celebrate, so we’re suggesting everyone makes a real effort to work only their proper contracted hours, even if it’s just for one day a year, and see what a difference it can make. Take a real lunch-break, not just a sandwich at your desk, and leave on time to enjoy your own time on Friday evening.

The official website is at

Looking at the latest figures, employees in the UK who do unpaid overtime do an average of seven hours twelve minutes extra work a week, and would take home an extra £5,402 a year if they were paid the average wage for those unpaid hours. Or to put it another way, they did a whopping £27.4 billion worth of unpaid overtime last year.

The TUC’s Brendan Barber said: ‘Most employers are understandably focused on fighting their way through the recession. But they shouldn’t overlook working cultures such as pointless presenteeism – keeping people at their desks for no good reason. Regular over-long hours cause stress and damage people’s health and productivity – they’re bad for staff and bad for business too.’

Visit the website now to find out more, download posters, send your friends e-cards, and use our long hours advice quiz. And make sure to enjoy your own free time on Friday!