By Michael Briggs, Helen Burgess

Options for working flexibly clearly remain key to a motivated and loyal workforce, and are essential to attracting talent – especially with an increasing millennial workforce and rapid advances in technology. The recent YouGov survey, which was commissioned by fast-food chain McDonald’s, has found that just 6% of employees work between the traditional hours of 9am and 5pm. The results suggest that, of the 4,000 people surveyed, almost half already worked flexibly with arrangements such as job sharing, reduced hours, compressed hours or amended hours in place. 70% expressed a desire to work flexibly in the future.

Most of the people surveyed also confirmed they would prefer to start the working day earlier, so they could leave earlier to balance their family and other commitments. 37% confirmed that the preferred working hours were between 8am and 4pm, all of which continues to indicate that the concepts of work-life balance and wellbeing remain high on everyone’s agenda, both in relation to their existing employment arrangements and when seeking new opportunities. Others confirmed they would prefer to work a longer day in order to work a shorter week. Having autonomy to work in a way which best suits the employee, and the employer, is clearly a road that needs to be followed here, where operationally possible, as further research suggests that such
workforces are more productive.