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The Northern Territory news Sat 6 Nov 2010



The Northern Territory news Sat 6 Nov 2010

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www.ntnews.com.au Saturday, November 6, 2010. NT NEWS. 5 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:6-NGE:405LO-R: C-M Y-K + ntnew5.com.au llll lll llll lll lll ll lll ll lll lll ll ll lll lll l11 11 11 111 111 11111 11 111 111 11 11 111 111 111 11 11 111 111 1111111 111 111 11 11 111 111 111 1111 111 111 11 11111 111 111 11 11 111 111 1II II II III III II IIICAREERONE.COM.AU + + MAKING THE SWITCH Five ways workers can achieve a 35-hour working week. [!j' Work smarter, not longer. Prioritise the workload. (an the same amount of work be achieved in a shorter amount of time? Set aside timed periods for time-consuming jobs such as attending to emails and returning cal ls. Try taking shorter breaks to reduce time attheoffice. ~ Switch to part-time hours. Part-time work is defined as less than 35 hours a week, which means workers can work a substantia l amount of hours each week but less than that required for a full-time workload. Ask the employer to reduce hours and salary accordingly, to suit the amount of time required. '" Speak to the boss. Workers already atthe workplace for longer than 38 hours who want to reduce their time may have a good case for a new worker to be employed to cover the shortfa ll . Requests for fewer hours are more likely to be granted by employers wanting to retain good workers in an employment market hampered by a skil ls shortage. G' Be at the forefront. Employers can attract the best staff, retain ski lled workers and create an enthusiastic work environment by offering a 35-hour week to their employees without sacrificing their pay. If money is an issue, try other trade-ofts negotiated through enterprise bargaining which can benefit both parties. ~ Be more flexible. Negotiate the work environment. Workers may be more willing to come to the office on more days of the week or work longer hours when business demands their skills in return for shorter weekly hours overal l. Employers may find staff are wi ll ing to take a corresponding pay cut or provide other compensation for the shorter work ing week. Workforce wants flexi bi I ity Research has revealed Australians va lue time over money and wou ld prefer a 3S-hour work week. writes CARAJENKIN WORKERS would sacrifice three hours of pay each week to have more time for their socia l lives and recreational activities, new research has revealed. The Austra lian Work and Life Index 2010 finds workers wou ld prefer to clock on for a 35-hour week instead of the traditional 38-hour week if it meant they could arrive later, go home earlier or work a day less each fortnight. University of South Austra lia Centre for Work + Life research fe llow Or Natalie Skinner sa id the research proves that workers value their time over money. "It's quite a drop down in their hours because these people, especia lly men, now are working 40/45 hours a week, she said. "For most people, that would mean a change in income, depending on what sort of job they're in." The index found Generation y, aged 20-29, work an average 35.7 hours a week but would prefer 35.4 hours, whi le Gen X workers, aged 3044, work an average of 39.3 hours a week and would like to reduce that to 35.4 hours. Baby Boomers. aged 4564. work a 3B-hour week and they'd prefer that to be 34.6 hours. Australian Institute for Social Research executive director Or John Spoehr said the increasingly competitive labour market is helping workers reach their w ish for a shorter working week. He said some employers are already offering nine-day fortnights, which is equivalent to a 36hour week. "Ultimately we can see this as part of an enterprise bargai ning agreement, part of an overall salary package which may not affect take-home pay but there may be some other trade-off, Spoehr said. "Some benefit (to the employer) is that they become known as a family-friendly workplace and can use that as a marketing advantage in the attraction and recruitment of staff and I think that will be increasingly importane While a 35-hour w eek isn't a significant reduct ion of the traditional 9am-5pm week for em " They really feel their boss is in control of their work lives and that doesn't need to be the case ployers, Spoehr said it makes a big difference to many workers. "If they have the flexibility in how they take that off, it can mean they are able to leave a little earlier or come in a little later and they cou ld be available to deal with chi ld-care responsibilities and picking up children from school," he said. "All these th ings become a bit easier when you start to think about more flexible ways to allow people to use more working time. "The rigid working hours of 9am-5pm are not very family friendly in the 21st century.w Human Resources Development at Work prin cipal consultant Bridget Hogg said a 35-hour working week is "definitely" achievable but employees wi ll have to accept a reduction in their pays. "It may not be noticeable to some people but I also think people need to think about being paid by the hour," she said. "Some people are paid by results and there's that argument if they are still producing the same results and prioritising more effectively, they may not need to take a drop in salary. She said that some companies may need to hire more staff to cover for the lost working hours to achieve the same results, especially as most workers say t hey already feel overworked. "I think it would be a good th ing all round, she said. "People want to prioritise their lives over their work and they anticipate skill shortages and difficulties in attracting and retaining ta lent." .-. -I.Northern Territory Government Secure yourself a rewarding career as a Prison Officer Join a service that offers: Challenges and opportunities to learn new skills Excellent conditions of employment Paid training , with nationally accredited qualifications Up to 7 weeks holiday every year Salary range (inclusive of allowances) Week 1 to 11 $41 ,131 -$55,116, after Week 11 $61 ,238 We are looking for men and women with integrity and maturity to work as Prison Officers in Darwin , Alice Springs and Tennant Creek. It is an interesting and challenging job that can lead you to a secure and rewarding career path. You will need to be fit and have plenty of commonsense, as well as being a good communicator and organiser. You must have a driver's licence and be prepared to undergo a criminal history check. Applications close Friday 17 December 2010 Equal employment opportunity (EEG) groups are encouraged to apply. Vacancy Number: 200730 To find out more and to obtain an application pack Phone: 8995 5703 Email: ntcstraining@nt.gov.au Web: www.nt.gov.au/justice/prison_officers We are also looking for experience Prison Officers to apply for immediate vacancies. To find out more phone 89955703. Vacancy Number: 200730 a safe Territory A Territory Government Inlll.tlve +

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