HR and access control experts emphasise the fact that the work environment is radically different today, with aspects such as time no longer measured the same way they have been in the past.
They believe that with the advent of mobile technology and growth of connectivity across most sectors and industries, as well as social networking, today there is every possibility of being able to work offsite, from any location at any time.
This means that employees today have the means to access corporate networks, company information and databases from any point.
“Time is far more relative today. Yes, the length of hours worked per day, per week and per month and the way this is measured does depend on the industry or sector. It also depends on which stage an employee is at in their career. However, the explosive role that technology plays means that people have more opportunity to develop their skills, fine-tune their work and improve their performance beyond the conventional 45 hour per working week,” says Teryl Schroenn, CEO of Accsys.
“The law is quite clear on how many hours should be worked in a week. If someone is prepared to work longer than what is required, do you tell them not to? Or do you allow them to carry on? If someone has a passion for their job, it does not feel like work and working longer hours becomes voluntary,” Schroenn continues.
The view of HR specialists at Accsys who believe that hours worked are more about engagement than the traditional 9 to 5 approach. Whilst some companies may take advantage of the ‘always-available’
Hours worked per week is covered by the Basic Conditions of Employment legislation
Hours put into work is more often a matter of passion, mindset and of acquiring recognition
Working environment is completely different today
Work parameters influenced by social networking, connectivity and mobility – it is possible to work from any location at any time
In reality employees have greater access to corporate networks today
Time is more relative today and no longer measured in the same way it has been traditionally
The law determines how many hours are worked per week, but people are prepared to work longer and harder.
Some companies may take advantage of the ‘always-available’
Liza du Plessis
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