More people than ever are moving away from the 9 to 5 in favour of jobs that allow flexible working. According to conference call firm Powwownow, 75 per cent of UK employees would rather take a job that gives them the option to choose their own work schedule. This is a staggering 70 per cent more than in 2017, with Millennials being the most likely of all age groups to pick a job on this basis.
However, you don’t necessarily have to change jobs in order to benefit from flexible working. In the UK, all employees have the legal right to request flexible hours, not just parents and carers. The only stipulation is that you must have worked for the same employer for at least 26 weeks in order to be eligible.
A recent study by work-life balance charity Working Families revealed that City firms such as Lloyds, Barclays and RBS were named in a list of the top 10 global businesses offering family-friendly policies and various flexible working practices. As a result of this change, it seems that employees are no longer guaranteed to be in the office at the same time and we’re moving towards a situation in which people are actively looking to spend less time in the office.