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Longer hours for recognition

AUSTRALIANS are working longer hours to impress the boss – not because their workload is excessive – a Morgan & Banks survey has found.

According to the survey 50.5 per cent of males and 46.7 per cent of females thought people worked longer hours just to get recognition from the boss.

The 55 plus age group are the most anxious to impress with 61.9 per cent working extra hours for recognition.

Morgan & Banks’ Sean Winder said employees in the legal industry also worked longer hours to gain the boss’s approval, with 80 per cent staying longer at work.

“Small business employees are more likely to work longer hours than employees in large businesses, probably because their employers are more likely to notice their comings and goings than in large organisations,” Mr Winder said.

“More Australians are working an extra five to ten hours a week compared to two years ago – with 87 per cent receiving no additional pay for the extra hours they work.

“To succeed in today’s market you have to be prepared to put in that extra effort and do so with a smile on your face.

“The market is such that there is always someone waiting to take your place and willing to put in the extra hours to get ahead.

“It’s kind of a keeping up with the Joneses effect. If your colleague is working longer hours you feel you have to work just as long.

“After all, how would it look if you left the office at 5:30pm and your colleagues were working back until 7:00pm,” he said.

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