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62% of Brits would consider changing jobs BEFORE asking their boss to work flexibly!

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MOST BRITONS REGULARLY WORK MORE THAN THEIR CONTRACTED HOURS 

• A QUARTER ARE TOO SCARED TO APPROACH THEIR BOSS ABOUT FLEXIBLE WORKING

• TWO-FIFTHS CITE MENTAL HEALTH IMPROVEMENT AS A REASON FOR NEEDING FLEXIBLE HOURS

 

The nation’s workers are screaming out for a workplace revolution, feeling increasingly chained to their work hours. 

 

New research out today suggests many British employees are feeling disillusioned at work as well over half (57%) of employees regularly work longer than their contracted hours and a quarter (25%) are too scared to approach their boss about flexible working. In fact, 62% would consider a change of jobs instead.

 

As a result, the research by global job site Indeed, shows two fifths (41%) cite improving mental health as the top reason for wanting to have the option of working flexible hours, suggesting there is more than just ‘time’ at stake. 40% say they would give up their holidays to achieve this. 

 

In fact, the demand for ‘flexitime’ is increasing, with Brits placing more importance on flexible hours (40%) than opportunities for progression (28%), a large holiday allowance (22%) and strong company values (13%). But despite two thirds (62%) of employees feeling they’d be more productive with flexible hours, Britain’s companies  are struggling to meet the demands of workers’ wish lists with 54% feeling their careers are at odds with their lifestyles. 

 

OFFICE 365?

• Almost a third (32%) put their long hours down to too much work

• A fifth (21%) feel they have to stay late to get ahead and avoid an angry boss

• A further 15% feel their company is understaffed, leaving them to pick up extra hours of unpaid work

• 58% are ‘clock watchers’, counting down the hours and becoming totally disengaged with their work before the end of the day

• A quarter (24%) are operating as ‘stopwatch commuters’, with just seconds to miss or make transport connections on their route home from work

 

Despite a quarter (25%) reporting a problem with a ‘stay late culture’ and ‘presenteeism’ having a negative impact on the home lives of 46% of employees, very little is being done to make changes. An easier commute (19%) and learning a new skill (18%) are some of the top reasons for wanting flexible working options, with 13% wanting to travel more.

 

To help employees speak to their bosses about flexible options, Emma Kenny is joining us in studio. She has created a series of top tips including how to negotiate, increase confidence and manage difficult conversations in the workplace. She has also identified a series of working ‘tribes’ that characterise the behaviors of modern employees: Stopwatch commuters, Clock-watchers; Second timers and Nomads. 

Let's Talk: 62% of Brits would consider changing jobs BEFORE asking their boss to work flexibly!

New research out today suggests many British employees are feeling disillusioned at work as well over half (57%) of employees regularly work longer than their contracted hours and a quarter (25%) are too scared to approach their boss about flexible working. In fact, 62% would consider a change of jobs instead.