Following on from our story yesterday on working extra hours during the winter, it has been revealed that this can have downsides for employees, company finances and even the environment.
In a new study from energy provider E.ON, it was revealed that 76% of employees at small to medium businesses work overtime. The average worker claimed to work overtime three days a week, clocking in an extra 1.9 hours at a time.
It emerged that during this overtime, energy is being wasted by many businesses. Almost a quarter (22%) of small business employees admitted that most or all of the lights are left on, even when they are the only one left in the workplace.
Responsibility for switching off lights and appliances is mostly left to the last employee in the building, with some leaving it to office managers, cleaners and security staff. Fewer companies use an automatic switch-off system to save energy, with only 25% using a system for heating, falling to 9% for air conditioning and 5% for lights.
Anthony Ainsworth from E.ON said “Working very long hours can impact on employees’ wellbeing and lifestyle, preventing people from achieving a healthy work/life balance, but it can also prove costly. Our results show many businesses remain fully lit, heated and air conditioned after hours — sometimes for just one employee. With the extent of overtime being carried out across the UK on a daily basis, this has the potential to add significantly to energy bills.”