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Long hours bossagrams - 22-02-2005
As part of their Work your proper hours day campaign the Trades Union Congress (TUC) have launched an annonymous bossagram service.

Employees working unpaid extra hours can now send their manager an anonymous bossagram, suggesting that he or she should show some gratitude for their unpaid overtime on this Friday’s ‘Work Your Proper Hours’ day (25th Feb).

Employees can log on to the TUC’s website www to submit their manager’s email address. On the morning of Friday 25 February their boss will be sent a message that says:

'Morning, Boss! Someone in your team has asked us to let you know that it's Work Your Proper Hours Day today. February 25th is on average the first day that people who do unpaid overtime would get paid if they did all their extra hours at the start of the year.

'It's an opportunity for every manager to say thank you to their staff for their hard work and commitment, and maybe even buy them an after work drink after leaving work at the proper time for once. And if it's any consolation, managers do even more hours. Official statistics show an average manager clocks up nearly nine hours extra a week - worth nearly £9,000 a year. So you deserve a break too!'

The TUC has dubbed Friday February 25 'Work Your Proper Hours Day' as it is the day that the average person who does unpaid overtime would start to get paid if they did all their unpaid overtime (worth on average £4,650) at the start of the year. The TUC is urging employees to work their proper hours that day - to start on time, take a proper lunch break and leave work when they should. Managers should use the day to say a proper thank you to staff for all their unpaid extra work and take them out for a coffee or cocktail after work.

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said, 'The bossagram is a fun way to make a serious point. Too many workplaces are in the grip of a long hours culture, and with a bit better organisation people could gain extra hours of free time and still get their work done well.'

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