Long-hours culture takes hold as HR professionals burn midnight oil

Increasing numbers of HR professionals are working more than 40-hours a week, research has revealed.

A survey of more than 6,000 people working in HR by consultancy Croner Reward and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that 56% are working 40-45 hours. This is up from 35% in 2005.

Eight in 10 HR professionals have contracted hours of between 35-37 hours, but only three in 10 actually work those hours, according to the survey.

CIPD adviser Charles Cotton said: “The long-hours culture could reflect the fact that HR departments are under increasing pressure to demonstrate how they add value to the business.

“Recent CIPD research shows that 80% of organisations have restructured their HR function in the past five years in a quest to become more strategic.”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, those in the private sector are working longer hours than those in the public sector. More than 60% of HR professionals in private firms are working between 40 and 50 hours per week, compared with 46% of those in the public sector.

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