Time Change Trips Up Workers in Spring and Autumn

Last Updated Mar 30, 2010 6:03 AM EDT

This weekend, UK clocks go forward one hour to move us into British Summer Time, with all the attendant confusion that follows with it.

According to a survey sponsored by time and attendance systems specialist Bodet, nearly one in 10 people in North East Yorkshire and Humberside have admitted to failing to turn up on time the following Monday after the clocks have changed.

Five per cent of workers in London have had the same problem, mirroring the national average. People in Scotland are more mindful of the right time, with only one in 100 forgetting the time change.

Men are more likely to fall foul of the clock change than women and both sexes are more likely to turn up early than late. However, 72 per cent of respondents say they never manage to get in early on the Monday after a clock change.
Is there a case for businesses taking on responsibility for reminding employees of the clock change? If so, it's one they have been shirking, as the survey of over 1000 adults found only a third of businesses made any effort to make sure their workforces didn't forget to come in one hour earlier or later.

Perhaps more should consider this as the report showed eight out of 10 respondents said their days had been disrupted on the Monday after clock change.

Speaking from experience, it's not always easy to break out of the routine your body has adopted, especially during a period of heavy workload. I remember getting up and preparing for work one morning only to realise half-way to the train station that it was in fact Saturday.

Do you have any memories of coming a cropper as a result of the clock change? Post your comments below.

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