Based on your experience last week, you’re losing approximately hours of pay each year in unpaid overtime. That’s equivalent to weekends a year.
Each week, that unpaid overtime costs you around , or over the year. Your employer benefits from your time, but doesn’t pay you for it. It’s like “time theft.”
This unpaid overtime is worth of your actual earnings.
You are also losing hours of time per year, worth another , in unused holiday leave. The total value of your “stolen” time (in unpaid overtime and unused holidays) therefore equals .
You are not alone. Based on a national survey, the average full-time worker in Australia loses 5.1 hours per week to unpaid overtime – or 264 hours per year.
And across Australia, unpaid overtime reduces worker incomes by $116 billion per year. That’s a windfall for employers. But it hurts family budgets, reduces consumer spending, and damages the economy. Worst of all, it makes it even harder to achieve a healthy work/life balance.
About half of Australians with paid holiday leave entitlements, did not take their full holiday last year – and they left, on average, around two weeks of paid holiday “on the table.” That represents the theft of many more billions of dollars worth of time, and further damages Australian families.
Now in its 8th year, Go Home On Time Day is a great way to remind ourselves that life doesn’t need to revolve solely around work. On this day, protect yourself against time theft: go home, exercise, cook a healthy meal, spend time with your family or your friends.
And while you’re at, make sure you book your annual holiday leave: because summer is coming fast!
Sign up today, and commit to Go Home On Time on Wednesday, November 22. We’ll send you an official Leave Pass and a reminder on the day.
Now in its ninth year, Go Home on Time Day on Wednesday 22 November is a great way to remind ourselves that life shouldn’t revolve around work alone.
Go Home On Time Day is an initiative of The Australia Institute, Australia’s most influential progressive think tank.
The day was conceived in 2009 as a light-hearted way to start necessary conversations in our workplaces about work/life balance, the value of time, and time theft.
Starting this year, Go Home On Time Day is being organized through The Australia Institute’s new Centre for Future Work. The Centre will carry out progressive economic research on work, employment, and labour markets. Learn more about the Centre, and sign up for regular research updates, by visiting www.futurework.org.au.
Wednesday 22nd November is your day to stand up against the theft of your time in unpaid overtime and unutilized holidays.
Mark your calendar, and start planning how you will use the time off you are entitled to! Sign up below for Go Home On Time Day. We’ll send you a “Leave Pass,” workplace poster, and other Go Home on Time Day materials.
Invite your friends to participate, and help start the conversation about the value of time, a healthy work/life balance, and protecting ourselves against time theft.
Entire workplaces can participate, too: just send us an email: we’ll send you a whole information pack for your workplace.
Yes! I will go home on time
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Download our Go Home on Time Day posters below to display in your workplace. Or get your whole workplace involved – send us an email and we’ll send you a workplace pack. You may wish to hold a morning or afternoon tea, a lunch-time yoga class or a post-work picnic with the kids.
Signup for Go Home on Time Day and we’ll send you an official leave pass.