Unpaid overtime has increased since the introduction
The ADP Research Institute report, ‘People at Work 2021: A Global Workforce View’, found that globally, the average amount of free overtime worked each week is now 9.2 hours per person – up from 7.3 hours pre-pandemic. This can range from working on breaks and starting early or staying up late to doing extra work regularly with no extra pay.
The survey has responses from more than 32,000 workers from 17 countries.
Globally one in ten workers (10%) are now giving their employers more than 20 hours per week for free – a ratio that doubled in the past year to one in twenty (5%) before the pandemic is. Given the demanding nature of their jobs, essential workers are employing more unpaid overtime than non-essential workers – an average of 10.1 hours per week compared to 8.1 hours.
The report examines whether the effects of the pandemic have affected employees’ attitudes towards the current world of work and what they expect and expect from the workplace of the future.
In India, workers believe they work an additional 11.1 hours per week for free. More than 82% of survey respondents in India believe they have been underpaid at some point. Additionally, approximately 40% of respondents are working longer hours during normal working weeks and approximately 39% are increasing efforts to develop networks and contacts within the organization.
The pandemic has made individuals more digitally savvy and almost 50% of the respondents have started using mobile applications or tools to manage their finances. More than half (52%) of the respondents aim to become certified in new technologies so that they succeed in the new jobs that will be created due to the pandemic.
“Workers are now regularly seeing what amounts to a day’s worth of unpaid overtime every single week. The advent of COVID-19 has inspired many people to work harder than ever before.
India and Southeast Asia, ADP managing director Rahul Goel said essential workers would be struggling to keep up with the additional workload the pandemic has created.
Goyal said, “Non-essential workers are going the extra mile because of concerns about their job security, when co-workers have lost their jobs, or the boundaries between work and home life are blurred when working remotely. Gone.”
Globally, those working from home (WFH) are estimated to be putting in more unpaid overtime than those based at the workplace or site, with an average of 9.4 hours per week compared to an average of 8.7 hours. However, those adopting a hybrid approach, working at home for part of the week and on-site for the rest of the week, believe they are making the most of 9.8 hours.
Despite the adjustment to working away from the office, those working remotely are no more likely than their colleagues on site to report that maintaining productivity is a major challenge. In fact, they are 10% less likely to say so than 13%. In fact, those adopting hybrid work practices find it most challenging to maintain productivity (15% describe it as a major challenge).