The benefits of a flexible working
How often have you sat in rush hour traffic as a result of being tied to the 9-5 routine thinking there must be a solution to this?
Well you’re not alone and there could well be as there is growing momentum among the UK workforce to ditch the rigid hours and move to a more flexible working regime.
A recent survey by You Gov and McDonalds of 4,000 adults has come back with some very interesting figures over attitudes towards how we work. Factor in the launch of a government taskforce into flexible working and there is a growing a momentum that employees who want a more flexible working day or week could be getting one.
Interestingly, findings from the survey revealed that only six per cent of the respondents currently work 9-5. The most popular choice of working hours – is 8am-4pm, while 70 per cent have a desire to work flexibly, but a third felt their employer would not allow it.
The options could be you work from home and still do full-time hours, but other options include part-time hours, job-sharing, term-time hours and even working when you want. There are a multiple options to seek a flexible working life.
There are many benefits to having flexible hours. In the last article, I examined the benefits to employers and why they should consider operating flexible working. So, how about the benefits to the employee.
You’re the boss
Get up when you want, work when you want (within reason). You still have to do your hours and you may have to fit in with colleagues, but you have more choice and if you have global clients then you can work to fit in with their time zones.
Health and well being
Let’s be honest work is stressful. Whether it’s the boss, your colleagues, the workload, the interruptions – they all have an effect. Changing the pattern of the working day or location can ease these.
Commuting is stressful. Avoiding rush hours for a smooth commute can make a huge difference to mood and how well you work.
Increased job satisfaction
If you are a happy employee, then you are likely to be a more productive employee. The flexible pattern makes you feel more in control of your workload and schedule, delivering benefits to your well-being and your employer.
Financially better off
If you’re not commuting, then you’re not spending – whether it’s a bus or train fare or fuel and parking. You also aren’t buying lunch or drinks or snacks that eat into the daily spend. If you were spending on childcare – this too could be reduced.
If you have the luxury of working from home, or just few hours, then you get all that time back to do something else more beneficial. Go to the gym, coffee with friends, learn a skill or simply get more done! Your family also gets benefit as you’re around more.
If you are interested in having a more flexible working pattern – then get in touch with us and see what opportunities we have.