After hours

How we calculate after hours

Your after-hours time is the total time that you spent outside your work hours in any of the following activities:

  • Reading or writing email
  • Attending meetings whose invitations you've accepted
  • Participating in chats or calls in Teams or in Skype for Business

For example, the time you spend reading or sending email messages on weekends counts as after-hours time.

Outlook settings define work hours

Your work hours are defined by your Outlook settings.

To check your Outlook settings

You can update your settings in Outlook to change what time is counted as after-hours work:

  1. In Outlook, select the File tab and select Options.
  2. In the Outlook Options dialog box, select Calendar.
  3. In the Work time area, adjust the settings for Start time and End time and your selections for days of the Work week.


  • After hours is an estimate only and is not meant to reflect actual hours worked. You can compare how we calculate the times for Meetings, for Email, and for Chats and calls.
  • After-hours calls in Teams or in Skype for Business that form part of a scheduled meeting on your calendar count towards after-hours meetings. They do not count as after-hours chats or calls.

See Tips for wellbeing for suggestions to improve your work-life balance.