Traffic causing commuters to start work earlier, affecting productivity

South African commuters are starting work earlier in order to beat the morning traffic, affecting productivity in the workplace.

702's John Robbie spoke to labour lawyer, Michael Bagraim, regarding the issue.

Listen to the interview below:

We've been getting more issues regarding late coming and management is not sympathetic to this.

Michael Bagraim, labour lawyer

A man we investigated was leaving work at 4:30am to arrive at work at 8:30am. It became clear that he had every will in the world to be at work. It's endemic in South Africa.

Michael Bagraim, labour lawyer

They are getting to work tired. They are getting to work hungry. Productivity has dropped.

Michael Bagraim, labour lawyer

You've got a mix between inflexible management and trade unions demanding over-time but the people are suffering.

Michael Bagraim, labour lawyer

When staff are at work, you want them productive. We need to start investigating what would make staff happier and more productive.

Michael Bagraim, labour lawyer

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