Bloomington, Indiana – January 5, 2023
A recent comprehensive study by Rebel’s Guide to Project Management disclosed a trend for Indiana workers: a surge in unpaid overtime hours during 2023 compared to the previous year. When workers aren’t paid for their hours it’s called wage theft.
According to the survey, Indiana employees contributed a striking 213% more unpaid overtime in 2023 than in 2022. The data, compiled from a study of 3,000 workers, unveiled significant increases in labor hours without compensation across the state.
On average, Indiana workers devoted an additional 4.7 hours per week to unpaid overtime during 2023, totaling an extra 243 hours annually for each employee. Collectively, this amounted to a staggering 1,035,592,490 hours of unpaid labor throughout the state.
Those hours are worth at least of 7.25 billion dollars at Indiana’s minimum wage hourly rate.
Here is a link to the five biggest bank heists in history … hint, none of them add up to what was stolen from Indiana workers last year alone …
While the study noted increases in unpaid hours for several states, New Hampshire topped the list, reporting nearly 10 additional hours of unpaid overtime per week. Conversely, Montana witnessed a slight decrease in such hours.
Elizabeth Harrin, spokesperson for Rebel’s Guide to Project Management, expressed surprise at the findings, highlighting that employees, on average, were providing the equivalent of a month’s effort without compensation, surpassing their regular working hours.
Harrin emphasized the changing dynamics of work, where traditional “free time” has increasingly become part of employees’ workloads. She stressed the implications of this trend for managing burnout, fair compensation practices, and workplace policies.
To address this issue, Harrin provided tips for workers to enhance efficiency and reduce working hours, including time tracking, setting boundaries, prioritizing tasks, leveraging technology, understanding labor laws, and advocating for fair compensation practices.
The study’s results suggest a shift in workplace dynamics, indicating potential implications for labor policies, fair compensation, and efforts to manage employee burnout.