Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal (Print ISSN: 1087-9595; Online ISSN: 1528-2686)


The Impact of Working Hours On Employee Productivity Case Study of Sabertek Ltd, South Africa

Author(s): Nerissa Vallo and Pfano Mashau

Improving and sustaining employee productivity has become a growing concern and challenge for organisations. Organisations overcome these challenges by focusing on employee productivity and harnessing a rich employee relationship by cultivating a conducive and happy working environment that can ensure a healthy work-life balance. The purpose of this study was to examine how the number of hours worked by employees can impact their productivity. Sabertek houses 74 employees, 61 are blue-collar workers, of which 59 participated in this study. The study used the census as a sampling technique with a return rate of 97%. Statistical analysis revealed that there were several significant relationships; the main relationship was between productivity and working hours (both standard and long working hours). The results revealed a positive and significant relationship between hours worked (both standard and long working hours) by an employee and their productivity. This indicates that the number of hours worked by an employee does impact their productivity. The findings varied per factor, with wages having the greatest impact on employees' productivity during both standard and long working hours, ceteris parabus. It is recommended that companies focus on employee engagement, rewarding employees, and re-evaluating employee work week schedules

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