Letters - Get the work balance right.
When I was training for my qualifications, I put in the long hours – both at work and at home – and I studied as well. I really do not think this should have been necessary.
As financial controller and IT manager of a medium-sized national distributor, I now realise that the first five hours I put into any day are the best.
I am (usually) in first in the morning and last in the evening to leave, but I am strict with myself on the time I leave, and I never take work home.
I only work at weekends if absolutely necessary, and I make sure it never is. One day a week I finish early to take my daughter riding. I have found that this forces me to manage my time effectively.
I have taken up a couple of leisure activities. I am happier in myself, my staff do not feel the need to be ‘seen’ to work unpaid overtime.
Ihope that others will see the benefits of working to contracted hours, and I believe a happier, more efficient workforce will emerge.
Grace Gariff, via email.