NEW: ONE Stop Guide to Managing Working Time

Managing working time (front cover)

Working time is one of the most fraught issues in industry today. This guide will help you stay on the right side of the wide range of legislation in this area, including the Working Time Regulations. More fundamentally, the expert authors will explain why the long hours culture and a dependency on overtime is not good for productivity. And they will give you the practical tools you need to plan working hours across the workforce in a way that ensures low labour costs and high output.

The guide is written by Jim Whittam and Kevin White, who have a long and distinguished background in industry and consultancy on working time issues through Working Time Solutions.

As well as a number of practical case studies, the main sections covered by the guide are:

Section 1: Introduction and overview

Section 2: Legislation

  • The Working Time Regulations 1998
  • The Road Transport Regulations
  • Other legislation affecting working time
  • Temporary workers

Section 3: Long hours and overtime

  • The global picture
  • Working long hours by occupation and gender
  • Why do people work long hours?
  • Pressure to work overtime
  • Alternative strategies for reducing overtime

Section 4: Shift patterns

  • Employment contracts
  • Examples and explanations of frequently found patterns
  • Continuous systems
  • Premium payments

Section 5: Demand-led labour scheduling

  • Understanding demand, peaks and troughs, cycles and seasonality
  • Defining demand
  • Skill and functional profiling
  • Designing work patterns
  • Volatility and contingencies
  • Labour supply issues

Section 6: Annualised Hours

  • The origins of annual hours
  • The annualised hours concept
  • What is different about annualised hours?
  • Annualised hours patterns

Section 7: Flexible working time

  • Trends in flexible working
  • Flexitime
  • Part-time working
  • Job sharing
  • Agency and temporary working
  • Contracting
  • Homeworking and teleworking

Section 8: IT and working time

  • The changing role of IT in working time
  • Time recording
  • Working time planning systems
  • Workforce management information systems

Section 9: Implementation of working time change

  • Staff consultation
  • Management control in the post-implementation period

Section 10: Case studies

  • Gleneagles Hotel
  • Siemens Power Generation
  • Devenport Management
  • Bristol City Council

Section 11: Resources and glossary

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