The RDO or Rostered Day Off is a paid day of leave in a roster period that is enabled through the use of working additional time each working day to accrue the extra time needed for the day off.

So how often do you get a Rostered Day Off?

For most businesses, an RDO is typically a day off once a fortnight or once a month.

So how does a Rostered Day Off work?

A Rostered Day Off works on the premise that you are working a little bit extra every day so you can accrue enough time to have a full shift rostered off and still get paid.

Calculating a Rostered Day Off

In the public sector, a standard workday is often 7.6 hours.

If employees still work 8 hours each day they accrue an additional 0.4 hours (24 minutes) for each day they work.

Over a standard month, by working 19 days with an extra 24 minutes they have accrued 7.6 hours.

This enables employees to have a fully rostered day off once a month.

What are the benefits of a Rostered Day Off?

The general premise is that it enables the employee to have a rostered day off every fortnight/month etc so they can schedule activities outside of work and save their annual leave for a holiday.

Are Rostered Days Off common in call centres?

Having a rostered day off is not as common as it used to be as we move towards more flexible workplaces.

The exception to this would be public sector call centres where they are still quite common.

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