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Effective Management

of Working Time
Checkpoint 15: Avoid wasting time and resources, by planning for production and delivery
timelines, including advanced planning for staffi ng needs.
Checkpoint 16: Have a regular schedule for maintaining machines, so that you avoid accidents
and breakdowns.
Checkpoint 17: Provide job-specifi c training to boost expertise and effi ciency.
Checkpoint 18: Make sure all workers get enough rest time during their working day, between
their shifts, and at the end of their working week.
Checkpoint 19: Provide a place for workers to rest, away from their work station and with
access to drinking water and toilets.
Checkpoint 20: Avoid or minimize the use of irregular and unpredictable shift schedules.
Checkpoint 21: Minimize the use of night work and, when it is necessary, make it safer by
providing supervision and adjusting the lighting and temperature to be similar
to daytime.
Checkpoint 22: Introduce fl exible working time arrangements that will help your workers to
balance their responsibilities and boost your productivity.
Checkpoint 23: Limit the use of overtime, especially on extended (e.g. 12-hour) shifts. When
overtime is used, provide advance notice to workers.
Checkpoint 24: Be clear with each worker about their normal working hours, their pay, and
what pay rate they will receive for overtime work.
Checkpoint 25: Consult with workers on the design of working time in your enterprise, and
listen to the feedback they give you.

Managing wages and Benefi ts

Checkpoint 26: Be clear, fair, and consistent when you decide what amount you will pay your
Checkpoint 27: Create an organizational chart with everyone, including you, on it.
Checkpoint 28: Prepare a comprehensive job description for each job.
Checkpoint 29: Rank jobs by comparing the skills they involve and their importance to YOUR
Checkpoint 30: Do not pay any worker less than the minimum wage in your country.
Checkpoint 31: Give every job a pay range, so that workers have the chance to improve their
pay over time, even if they stay in the same job.
Checkpoint 32: Consult on your pay structure and pay levels with your workers and their
Checkpoint 33: Adjust wages periodically in order to improve or, at least, maintain workers’
standard of living.
Checkpoint 34: Be sure to give all workers feedback about their performance and what they
can do to access or compete for cash and non-cash rewards.
Checkpoint 35: Keep good records on work done and wages paid, and develop an easy-to-read
wage slip, so that workers can check their pay calculation with you.
Checkpoint 36: Get maximum impact from your wages and benefi ts program by communicating
it clearly to workers.