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Send a long hours bossagram this week

Send a long hours bossagram this week

Employees working unpaid extra hours can now send their manager an anonymous bossagram, suggesting that he or she should show some gratitude for their unpaid overtime on this Friday’s ‘Work Your Proper Hours’ day (25th Feb).

Employees can log on to the TUC’s website http://www.workyourproperhoursday.com/ to submit their manager’s email address. On the morning of Friday 25 February their boss will be sent a message that says:

'Morning, Boss! Someone in your team has asked us to let you know that it's Work Your Proper Hours Day today. February 25th is on average the first day that people who do unpaid overtime would get paid if they did all their extra hours at the start of the year.

'It's an opportunity for every manager to say thank you to their staff for their hard work and commitment, and maybe even buy them an after work drink after leaving work at the proper time for once. And if it's any consolation, managers do even more hours. Official statistics show an average manager clocks up nearly nine hours extra a week - worth nearly £9,000 a year. So you deserve a break too!'

The TUC has dubbed Friday February 25 'Work Your Proper Hours Day' as it is the day that the average person who does unpaid overtime would start to get paid if they did all their unpaid overtime (worth on average £4,650) at the start of the year. The TUC is urging employees to work their proper hours that day - to start on time, take a proper lunch break and leave work when they should. Managers should use the day to say a proper thank you to staff for all their unpaid extra work and take them out for a coffee or cocktail after work.

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said, 'The bossagram is a fun way to make a serious point. Too many workplaces are in the grip of a long hours culture, and with a bit better organisation people could gain extra hours of free time and still get their work done well.'

As well as sending a bossagram at http://www.workyourproperhoursday.com/ employees can:

• check out how much their own unpaid overtime is worth and when they start to get paid

• download an unpaid overtime calculator they can send to their friends by email

• order or download posters for their office or workplace

• find out about special deals for staff who want to leave work on time and celebrate the day, preferably with their boss picking up the tab.

• and from Thursday 24 February see where their hours come in the unpaid overtime league table.


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