The federal government of Pakistan recently announced new working hours for its offices with the aim of increasing productivity and improving work-life balance.
According to a notification by the Establishment Division, federal government offices in the capital Islamabad will now function from Monday to Friday, with working hours fixed at 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, effective immediately. will apply. These adjustments are designed to streamline operations and make services more accessible to the public.
According to the new schedule, there will be a prayer and lunch break for employees on weekdays from 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM, allowing them to meet their spiritual needs and recharge during their work day.
The decision to change working hours reflects the government’s commitment to improve efficiency and responsiveness to public needs.
Apart from the government offices, the educational institutions of Islamabad have also announced changes in their working hours due to the approach of winter. Effective October 16, the new school and college timings will better accommodate the challenges posed by the drop in temperature.
Single shift establishments will operate on weekdays (Monday to Thursday) from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, ending at 12:30 pm on Friday. Schedules for double-shift establishments will vary, with morning shifts starting at 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Monday through Thursday) and ending at 12:30 PM on Fridays. Evening shifts will work from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM (Monday to Thursday) and start at 2:30 PM on Friday.
Postgraduate colleges will have flexibility in timings, with options to work from 8:30am to 2:00pm or 4:00pm. These changes in school and college timings are expected to be seen in other parts of the country as temperatures are predicted to drop further.