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UK bosses usher in an end to ‘9 to 5’

Seventy per cent of UK managers think that the old idea of '9 to 5' working is dying out in favour of more flexible working arrangements, according to a new survey commissioned by Vodafone. Among these managers, nine out of ten enable their staff to work flexibly to some extent, rather than expect them to stick rigidly to traditional working hours.


Bosses revealed themselves to be relatively open-minded about when and how work is done. Six out of ten managers (63%) said that they did not mind staff doing personal things like calling family members or checking their social networking accounts, as long as they get their work done.


The 'quid pro quo' is that nearly two-thirds of managers (65%) ask their employees to work outside of traditional office hours, at least occasionally. There is a marked difference between the private sector, where nearly 70% of managers request extra hours from staff, and the public sector, where 58% do so. Private sector managers were also more likely to say that working outside of normal office hours is now expected (15%) than their counterparts in the public sector (8%).


Of the bosses who do ask their employees to work outside work hours, the vast majority (93%) think that it is only fair that staff sometimes attend to personal tasks during work time, although mostly (73%) with the caveat that it has to be done in moderation.


The survey also showed that bosses appreciate the impact of technology on modern working patterns - 62% think the line between work and personal life has become blurred since people started using smartphones and working from home.


The trend towards mobile and home working is well established, but still has some way to go. Altogether, six out of ten managers (59%) said that they allow their employees to work from home to some extent.



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