Traditional working day is dying out, say managers
Employment Law & HR update 07/12/2011
The vast majority of managers believe that the idea of the ‘9 to
5’ working day is a thing of the past, according to a new
The Vodafone study revealed that seven out of 10 managers felt
that more flexible working arrangements had replaced the
traditional working hours.
Ninety per cent of these managers reported allowing their
employees to work flexibly to some degree, whilst 63 per cent said
that they allowed staff to do certain personal things at work.
These included making phone calls to family members or checking
social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter. However, 64
per cent of managers refused to allow staff to do their weekly
grocery shop online at work.
Alongside allowing a degree of flexible working, 65 per cent of
managers also expected their staff to work outside of the ‘normal’
office hours sometimes.
Enterprise director at Vodafone UK, Peter Kelly, said, “What
this research shows is that a cultural shift has started. For many
people in the UK, the way we work is changing. Britain’s bosses are
realising that successful businesses must focus on generating
results, not on monitoring what employees do at their desks.
“People don’t mind doing some work in the evening or at the
weekend, but in return, they expect bosses to cut them some slack
so they can see to personal chores,” Mr Kelly added.
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