It’s thirty seven and a half hours per week. Monday to Friday, nine until five with half an hour for lunch. It’s important that you are here on time every morning. At 9.00am precisely. And I don’t mean walking in the door at nine or making a cup of coffee, but coat off and logged on and ready to go. I’m less concerned if you stay behind after 5pm of course, that’s up to you. Your lunch break is 12-12.30. Please make sure that you stick to that timeslot so that I know where you are if I need anything and I can manage other people’s expectations. The business needs to know when people will be available. I do like to see you at your desk. Visibility is important. You should be aware that I can see your screen from my office, so I will be able to see if you are on one of those social media sites. That isn’t work, so keep it for after hours please. When it comes to the dentist or the doctors, make sure that you book the appointment at the end of the day, and please make the time up within the same week. Personal calls and emails should be limited to official breaks. Working from home? I know people just want to watch Homes Under the Hammer. It doesn’t work for this sort of job you know. And if you are not here in the office, then I can’t assess what you are doing and the contribution you make. If it’s the Nativity play or parent’s evening, then it is best if you take half a day’s annual leave. I can’t set a precedent because then everyone else will want it and I won’t be able to say no to anyone else. What is really important is how long you are at your desk. Then when it comes around to your annual performance appraisal I will know you have been working hard or not.