Georgia’s Unpaid Overtime Skyrockets: Workers Clocked 1.7 Billion More Hours in 2023

January 4, 2024
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Georgia's Unpaid Overtime Skyrockets: Workers Clocked 1.7 Billion More Hours in 2023

📈 The Gist: Georgia employees worked a staggering 1.7 billion more unpaid overtime hours in 2023 compared to the previous year, according to a recent study by Rebel’s Guide to Project Management.

🔍 The Details: The study surveyed 3,000 employees, uncovering a nationwide increase in unpaid overtime, with a total of 46 billion hours in 2023. On average, each worker contributed an extra 233 hours annually without compensation. New Hampshire topped the list with nearly 10 additional unpaid hours weekly, while Georgia saw an increase of 4.9 hours weekly per employee. This totals 256 hours annually per Georgian worker, culminating in over 1.7 billion hours statewide.

📊 By The Numbers:

  • Georgia’s total unpaid overtime in 2023: 1,729,067,356 hours
  • Average extra unpaid hours per week for Georgia workers: 4.9
  • Annual additional unpaid hours per worker: 256

🌍 In Context: The study reflects a shift in work dynamics, with employees facing increased workloads without corresponding compensation. This trend deviates from the previous year’s pattern of abundant job opportunities and rising wages. Elizabeth Harrin of Rebel’s Guide to Project Management highlights the change in ‘free time’ dynamics, suggesting that personal time is increasingly encroached upon by work demands.

🤔 Why It Matters: This significant rise in unpaid overtime has implications for worker burnout, fair compensation practices, and overall workplace policy. It reflects a power shift back to employers and challenges the balance between work and personal life.

💡 What You Can Do: Harrin suggests practical steps for employees, including tracking work hours, setting boundaries, prioritizing tasks, leveraging technology, efficient communication, understanding labor laws, and advocating for fair compensation.

🔮 What’s Next?: Expect ongoing discussions about balancing work demands with employee rights, possibly leading to policy changes or shifts in workplace culture. The data may also influence future labor negotiations and workplace reforms.

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