Next Article This month’s lettersAnnualised hours an all-round solutionI read, with interest, the article “Time to take stress at workseriously” in which consultant Cynthia Atwell asks “Could the workingday be modified to allow employees with family and other commitments to work attheir convenience?” (Occupational Health, December). The introduction of an annualised hours system can provide a more flexibleworking culture for employees. This is what MD Foods has done, providing a more accurate way of allocatingstaff to meet business demands, while reducing the long hours culture andunnecessary overtime. This method of working requires employees to work a number of hours over anannual total with a fixed salary. Longer hours are rostered for busy periods with more time off during quietertimes. Smart PeopleTime software is used to measure and plan the annualised hourscontract. As a result, MD Foods is benefiting from significant cost savings, staff areonly working when business demands require it of them, and overtime iseliminated. Employees, meanwhile, are benefiting from greater stability in earningsacross the year, longer periods of leisure time and are much more productive. If managed successfully this method of working may contribute to reducingstress and sickness in the workplace. Janice GibsonPublic relations officer, Smart PeopleTime E-mail: [email protected] seen to be driving standards up I am the occupational health specialist at Lotus Cars in Norwich and I aminterested in facilitating a national group of occupational healthprofessionals within the motor industry. I believe that this group could helpwith quality benchmarking, sharing ideas and good practice and the setting ofquality standards for occupational health within the motor industry.Please contact me on 01953 608270 if you are interested in this project,or if you know of a similar scheme that exists already.Ken Ferguson, occupational health adviser, Group Lotus E-mail: [email protected] LettersOn 1 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.