You might think that the work cultures promoting excessively long hours went out of fashion with red braces, shoulder pads, bankers and red meat.
But perhaps this is not entirely the case…
Did you know that UK workers are most likely to bring an employment claim against their employer for making them work excessive hours than any other?
According to DeltaNet in the last 5 years there has been over 160,000 complaints against employers breaking the Working Time Directive. In 2019/2020 alone there were over 26,000 complaints.
As a reminder, in outline, the Working Time Directive prohibits a UK employee working more than 48 hours a week on average.
Clock watching has always been associated with employees.
Maybe employers could benefit from a little more clock watching!