Guidance issued on tackling long hours culture

The DTI, TUC and CBI have issued joint guidance and case studies demonstrating how employers can change working patterns to tackle the long hours working culture and improve productivity.

  • Firms and employees reap the benefit of changing long hours culture   The Government News Network website announces the publication of the report.

  • Managing Change - Practical Ways to reduce long hours and reform working practices (PDF format, 2MB) (PDF format)   Read the full text of the document on the Department of Trade and Industry website.

  • Quality not quantity   IRS Employment Review reports.


    Brits work longest hours in Europe   UK staff work the longest hours in Europe, with some employees putting in more than 70 hours a week, according to research.

    Working time opt-out to remain for now   The Government has won an important battle in its campaign to retain a worker's right to opt out of the maximum 48-hour working week.

    Work-life balance is key in cutting workplace absence   Workers take fewer days off sick if their company makes an effort to look after their home as well as their workplace life, research has suggested.

    Case study: Flexible working at Scottish Legal Aid Board   The Scottish Legal Aid Board reduced recruitment costs by 75% and sickness absence rates by 25% through introducing a flexible working scheme that allows staff to roster their own time.

    Foreign Office gives stamp of approval to work-life balance   Advances in flexible-working legislation have provided the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with an opportunity to formalise and promote flexible-working practices, helping thwart the effects of the department's long hours culture.