The traditional working day appears to be a thing of the past, as 70 percent of business managers in the UK favour new flexible working arrangements. A new survey has revealed that 90 percent of managers let their employees enjoy a degree of flexibility during their working day, rather than expecting their workforce to abide by a traditional working day of 9 till 5.
The research shows that UK businesses are changing attitude, with a greater focus on generating results rather than watching what employees are doing when sat at their desks. Managers are showing a flexible attitude, with 63 percent saying they didn’t object to employees carrying out personal tasks like calling family members as long as their work is completed in a timely manner.
There are still marked differences between the private and public sector, with 70 percent of private sector managers more likely to ask staff to work extra hours compared to 58 percent of public sector managers. Working outside traditional hours is expected by 15 percent of private sector managers, whereas only eight percent of managers in the public sector would have those expectations. The younger generation are happy to work at weekends and in the evening, but expect a flexible attitude from the managers when it comes to personal tasks.
More people use smartphones and take work home to deal with in the private sector, although only 59 percent allow their employees to work from home. The research has shown that business managers are open to a flexible way of working, but still don’t realise the full potential of home and flexible working for their business.
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