How to Convert Hours to Tenths

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If you've ever been in charge of payroll at your place of employment, you're likely familiar with the concept of tenths of hours. This takes a regular measurement of time (for example, 1 hour and 26 minutes) and turns it into more of a standard decimal point. You can take any amount of time and convert it into a tenths of hours reading in just a few minutes.

  • Measure the amount between two time periods in the "hours: minutes" format. For example, if your start time is 6 p.m. and your end time is 7:30 p.m., the amount of time would be 1 hour and 30 minutes.

  • Convert any measurement of time from the "hours: minutes" format to minutes. For example, 1 hour and 30 minutes becomes 90 minutes because there are 60 minutes in one hour plus 30 minutes. This equals 90 minutes.

  • Divide the total number of minutes you converted by 60. For example, 90 minutes divided by 60 equals 1.5. That means that the measurement of 1 hour and 30 minutes in "hours: minutes" format is equal to 1.5 hours in "hours/tenths" format.

  • Round off any further decimal places calculated to tenths if required.

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