Time to change the traditional 9-5 working day?

Over half of UK workers believe that the traditional 9-5 work day is an outdated concept, with three quarters admitting that they work better at certain times of day, according to a recent study.

The survey of 1,200 professionals explored how employees feel about a 9-5 working day. The data revealed that two thirds would prefer to work hours that suited them. When asked what time of day they are most productive, the following results emerged:

In the morning: 64%
In the afternoon: 21%
In the evening: 9%
Late at night: 5%

Allowing for more flexible hours can bring significant benefits, not only to employees but also their employers. Something as simple as letting staff start an hour earlier or later depending on their needs could be all it takes.

What’s more, the majority of professionals believe that all businesses should offer flexible working, and yet only one quarter have the opportunity to work from home when they want to. Those who do have the option to work from home were asked where they felt they worked best and interestingly, a fifth said they work better in the office.

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