Employees demand scrapping of 9-5 workday

by Emily Douglas08 Aug 2018

The traditional model of the working week is shifting, morphing and evolving into something more fluid.

Having said that, whilst many organizations claims to be flexible in their approach to work, for many this is just talk.

A recent report from CV-Library found that over half employees believe the traditional nine-to-five concept is entirely outdated and are calling on it to be totally scrapped.

Two thirds of staff would prefer hours which reflected their own lifestyles and slotted into their natural patterns.

The most productive times of the day, according to employees, were;

In the morning – 64.2%
In the afternoon – 20.9%
In the evening – 9.3%
Late at night – 5.6%

Lee Biggins, MD of CV-Library, added: “There are ongoing debates surrounding the traditional nine-to-five and whether this ‘one size fits all’ approach is still beneficial. It’s clear from the data that…professionals know their own work patterns and would prefer to tailor their working hours around when they’re at their most productive.

“Allowing for more flexible hours could be hugely beneficial, not only to employees but also their employers. Something as simple as letting staff start an hour earlier or later depending on their needs could be all it takes.”

The majority of those asked said all employers should be offering flexible working, and yet just one quarter are. As for those who have the chance to work from home, surprisingly 17% said they actually worked best in the office, 25% said at home and the remaining 58% claimed to work well from anywhere.

“Flexible working is becoming increasingly popular and is in fact something many professionals take into consideration when applying for jobs,” added Biggins.

“Businesses need to consider carefully whether they should be offering this style of working, as this could be the key to securing and retaining talented members of staff.

“Not only this, but with such a huge percentage saying they work better, or just as well, at home, employers can feel safe in the knowledge that they’re getting the most from their workforce, even when they aren’t operating under the traditional nine-to-five.”


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  • by Georgien 8/8/2018 5:57:30 PM

    I am entirely for flexible working arrangements, however you would need the right tools to make such an arrangement work. When everyone is in the office at a different time, you would need help with communication, collaboration and meetings. You could think of digital workspaces such as Workspace 365 or Cloud 1 Workspace, or communication tools like Yammer, Teams or Skype. I think it could also be beneficial to not only work flexibly when it comes to work schedules, but also location. Especially when you work in a crowded open plan office, working from home some days could give you the quiet and focus you need.

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