Exchange overtime for flextime

£7.3m is spent on 'overtime' popularly considered as a 'worker perk' and 'management inefficiency.
There is no need or room for overtime at inflated rates now we live a 24/7 life. Consolidate 'overtime' into 'flextime' paid at standard rates only when really needed. We don't work 'outside hours' any more and haven't for years and years!

Abolish overtime and inflated payments, replacing the facility only when needed with standard rate payments as part of 'flextime'

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A saving of app. £25m from reduced payments and probably another million or two from an evaporated requirement!

by GavinIOMGov on April 24, 2017 at 03:14PM

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  • Posted by commonsense April 24, 2017 at 20:16

    your sums fail to even add up. sounds like they have been made up in the pub
  • Posted by SuzyB April 25, 2017 at 17:58

    Gosh Gavin you do like to Management bash. Overtime could also be caused by normal staff not working as quickly as they could!!! Did that even occur to you. Also maybe if Government Staff didn't use work time to use the SAVE system or maybe you used you tea break, which is very community minded of you...

    I'm sure that those workers who have to get up in the middle of the night for emergencies wouldn't look too kindly on only doing that job for normal pay or flexitime!!!!

    I'm not entirely against cutting some overtime like when the Dept. of Infrastructure workers leave jobs on a Friday so that they can get paid more on a Saturday morning when doing a normal scheduled road job..... then that would be ok!

  • Posted by KatieIOMGov April 25, 2017 at 18:37

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  • Posted by SuzyB April 25, 2017 at 20:54

    Duly noted
  • Posted by Shale April 26, 2017 at 06:10

    Many staff 'abuse' flexi time. Its easy, they can swing the lead by coming in early at 8am, then can leave at 4pm. They can sit doing nothing as long as they 'log' their hours in, seen this many times. And they accrue many extra hours this way to take off more time. So preventing inefficiency is all about the management, whether its overtime or flexi time, its all abt how managers motivate staff.
  • Posted by George May 03, 2017 at 14:42

    Agree with Shale - I see flexi time being abused too, the rules allowing 1.5 days per month (I think?) is far too excessive, that's an additional 18 days leave per year that an employee is out of the office on full pay, this is on top of their annual holiday entitlement!
  • Posted by Phoenix May 04, 2017 at 08:49

    I reckon there's a decimal point missing from a sane suggestion:- £25m is more likely to be £2.5m based on 'overtime'figures shown in this years Govt budgets
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