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Working overtime is linked to increase in heart disease, IQ:timecard warns.

As new studies reveal the shocking health effects of working overtime, business owners are encouraged to take action for better insight into actual working hours of staff. Installing an accurate time keeping software such as IQ:timecard can help mangers have a better understanding of a workforces actual working habits. Using this invaluable insight, steps can be made to utilise what happens within a contracted shift, keeping productivity high and reducing health risks for staff.

The University of Texas Health Science Centre at Houston revealed that working for more than 45 hours per week raises the long-term risk of cardiovascular disease, with this risk increasing for every other additional hour worked.

David Lynes, Director of IQ:timecard, says, “When managing a workforce remotely, it can be difficult to have accurate data on the amount of actual hours worked by staff, irrespective of what is on their contract. Regardless of other benefits of ensuring staff are not overworked, these recent statistics raise new concern for those in charge of employee wellbeing. IQ:timecard software is easy to use and can report in real time the working habits of staff. Using this, businesses can have a greater overall view of working patterns, and can take action to encourage staff to develop timely working habits.”

Implementing an electronic workforce management system can actively encourage staff to adhere to their allocated hours of work, with much more precision. IQ:timecards expert timekeeping software can be opened on any tablet or smart phone, making it instantly accessible. Using a traditional method such as filling in paper time sheets can be time consuming and as such many staff would fill in the forms once the shift is over, resulting in inaccurate data. An app based solution is quick to use, meaning staff can clock in and clock out in real time, with no room for mistakes. This move makes employees more aware of their working hours, causing better work achieved within the timeframe, no over running schedules and as a result, less long-term health risks due to over working.

Mr Lynes added, “As a worker who operates remotely, time keeping can sometimes feel like an unnecessary chore, however these new statistics may cause those less interested in keeping timely to think twice before filling in their timesheets with false information. The highly accurate data that is then received by business owners can highlight staff members who are overworked so systems can be put in place, improving the health of employees and overall productivity of a business.”