Working Overtime? Overtime Productivity Tips - How to Know When Enough's Enough


working overtime is a topic that nearly

every working adult has come in contact

with while simultaneously being a topic

that doesn't often get discussed this

has led to a slightly taboo perception

about talking about overtime be it with

colleagues or with management and often

there is a lack of policy to govern this

gray area in this video we'll discuss

tips on understanding when to work

overtime how to make the most of it as

well as when to call it quits tip number

one don't overdo it

while working overtime now and then

maybe considered oil to the job and

hard-working you don't want to make it a

habit though this does vary from culture

to culture think Japanese culture where

its proper to arrive before and leave

after your boss consistently working

more than eight hours can lead to a

perception that you aren't able to cope

with the amount of tasks at hands it can

bring into question your professional

competence as well as can perpetuates

the perception that you have a subpar

time management skill on the other hand

working overtime every once in a while

help the team meet a big deadline or to

cope with a periodically heavier

workload can be considered being a team


careful not to do too much a study we

conducted internally at that time

analyzing over 65,000 employees found

that for each hour of overtime worked

led to a 19 percent decrease in

productivity so for the sake of getting

things done just be honest with yourself

and go home the rest will do you good

more than unpredictably trying to

squeeze out some more work the general

rule of thumb here is work overtime for

specific and limited cases but avoid

making it a regular aspect of your

workday tip number two make sure you're

acknowledged you can only read the

aforementioned benefits of working

overtime if someone notices the extra

work you're putting in otherwise you're

just burning the midnight oil for the

benefit and often the detriment of

yourself and while that may sometimes be

necessary to get the maximum benefit as

well as in some countries the legal

overtime pay

it's important for this time to be

logged in fact since 2007 the amount of

work our lawsuits has increased by four

hundred and fifty percent logging your

overtime is crucial when in the court of

law or you need to prove your time put

in that can be done in a variety of ways

sending out a timestamp email or slack

message uploading your finished work to

your time-stamped project management

tool that your company uses or

alternatively this can all be skipped if

your company uses time tracking software

that logs time automatically and

prepares reports for managers it would

also eliminate the need for any disputes

about working hours which is a benefit

both to you and to your company tip

number three get work done if you do

choose to work overtime make sure that

you're actually getting work done rather

than idly passing time not only can this

end up fighting you back but it's also a

terrible way to live you lose time you

could be spending pursuing fulfilling

activities and you don't even get the

fulfillment of having produced something

of value stay in the office if it's to

finish a task that needs to be done

another reason for staying late could be

that you feel more productive during

afternoons for example rather than in

the mornings one study of British

University students found that

approximately forty percent of the

population are more productive at night

if this is the case for you then rather

than staying at work over hours and make

use of your productive time it might be

worth talking to your manager about

shifting your work hours to fall into

your productive time slots you would be

surprised at how open they might be to

accommodating your needs in the name of

company productivity that might mean

shifting from a nine-to-five workday to

an 11:00 to 7:00 work day it doesn't

have to be drastic but this could have a

significant impact on your well-being

and work-related output studies have

shown that employees at their peak

productivity naturally feel happier more

creative and excited to complete their

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