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Nine-to-five set to become thing of the past

first_imgNine-to-five set to become thing of the pastOn 19 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. The traditional working day is set to become obsolete in the next fouryears, according to a new report. True flexibility at work – attitudes towards the 24/7 culture, commissionedby Ashridge Business School, finds that working hours will increasingly becomemore flexible and more people will work from home. The report investigated the attitudes of 250 senior managers across the UK.Half believe the traditional Monday to Friday, nine-to-five working week willbe obsolete by 2006. Seventy-five per cent of those surveyed believe flexible working will beessential in retaining highly skilled people. Half the respondents said they have turned down, or not applied for a jobbecause of its lack of flexibility, while 40 per cent reveal they would workfor less money in return for flexibility. The report finds that employees are increasingly demanding the option ofhome-working aided by laptops, videoconferencing, e-mail and mobile phones. It claims the main push for a change in culture comes from female stafflooking for ways to successfully balance work and home lives “It is clear that individuals want to ‘personalise’ their approach towork, and new and developing forms of communication allow them to do so,”states the report. “Flexible working performs best when there is a mutual understandingbetween employee and employer that the job needs to be done within an agreedtime span.” www.ashridge.org.uk Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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