Fall is officially here, and it won’t be long before it is time to turn the clocks back one hour. While that does mean an extra hour of sleep, it can prove to be confusing and has the potential for workplace errors and productivity losses. Ensure that your employees are aware of the upcoming change, so you don’t experience any issues.
Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 6, 2022. Fortunately, modern technology allows many electronic devices, such as cell phones and computers, to update the time automatically. Digital time clocks used to record employees’ time on and off the clock should also automatically update to reflect the time change. But there are still some additional steps that organizations should consider when the time changes.
Review Employee Schedules
For companies that have employees that work the third shift, it is beneficial to take time to review their schedules ahead of the time change. Employees who typically work an eight-hour shift may end up working nine hours since time will move back one hour. Looking at this ahead of time allows organizations to adjust schedules accordingly and ensures employees aren’t caught off guard.
Establish a Policy or Standard
Businesses should already have a policy to handle employees with hours impacted by the ending of daylight-saving time. It is essential to be consistent so that employees know what to expect and there are no surprises.
Communicate Changes That Impact Employees
Remind employees about the time change and any related schedule changes. Alert them in advance if the ending of daylight-saving time will affect their work hours. Communicate these changes to employees well in advance. Planning and letting employees know what to expect can reduce the number of questions regarding schedules, save employees time, and reduce frustration.
Check Time Clocks
Check your time clocks to ensure the time reflects the end of Daylight-Saving Time*. Supervisors and managers should also review punches to ensure each employee’s time is recorded correctly. (*Timesheets and time clocks generally account for the end of Daylight-Saving Time unless exceptions were requested upon implementation.)
Daylight Saving Time will end at 2:00 a.m. on November 6, 2022.