If staff who regularly work unpaid overtime totted up all the extra hours they put in, and run them from the start of the year they'd be working for free until 1 March 2013. Across the UK, this adds up to nearly two billion unpaid hours, free work worth over £29bn to the economy.
We've been marking this day for 9 years now as Work Your Proper Hours Day. It's a day for staff to think about their work life balance and how it impacts on their health, family life and productivity, as well as for employers to value the unsung - and unrewarded - effort their staff are putting in. If you're working on the 1st of March, make sure to take a proper lunch hour for a change, rather than grabbing a sandwich at your desk, and importantly leave work on time to enjoy your Friday evening.
We've got some resources here on workSMART to help you look at your own work-life balance.