Go home on time today

Philippa Lees
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Image: Getty

Look at the clock. That doesn't say "five" it says "freedom".

Australians are working some of the longest hours in the developed world – and millions of us are lacking personal time, exercise and sleep because of it.

More than two million Australians head out to work each morning with very little idea what time they will knock off that night — so depression awareness group Beyond Blue has launched Go Home on Time Day.

The research from The Australia Institute also found more than a quarter of respondents considered the ability to "work flexibly" a requirement of their workplace and only 14 percent of employees said their workplace discouraged unpaid overtime.

The Australia Institute's Executive Director, Dr Richard Denniss, says it is vital for workers to communicate with employers if overtime is having an impact.

"Australians work some of the longest hours in the developed world and the hours are becoming less and less predictable."

"But not only are millions of Australians unhappy with their work hours, they find it hard to talk about their concerns. Go Home On Time Day gives employees and managers an opportunity to start those conversations," said Dr Denniss.

Just don't start that conversation at 5.30pm.

For more information, visit www.gohomeontimeday.org.au

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