Manage a workaholic employee

Key points

  • Employees who work excessive hours on a regular basis are unlikely to be consistently effective or productive, and employers that condone extreme working habits may be in breach of the common law duty of care.
  • Where an employer identifies a "workaholic employee", it should review the employee's job responsibilities and duties to determine if they are burdened with an excessive workload, and introduce any necessary changes.
  • The employer should consider if it is appropriate to require the employee to take a period of annual leave.

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