A YouGov survey of 4,000 people has recently found that only 6% of UK workers work the traditional hours of 9 – 5.
Almost 50% of workers who took part in the survey use flexible arrangements to help them with their other commitments, such as compressed hours and job sharing, BBC News has reported.
The survey also found that out of the people who work full time, 37% like to start at 8am and finish at 4pm. 21% of the people surveyed also like to start work at 7am and finish by 3pm.
The Flex Appeal
The Flex Appeal was founded by Anna Whitehouse after her flexible working request was denied by her employer. Anna’s request was for a flexible arrangement of 15 minutes at the start and end of the day, so she can take her children to nursery.
Her employer refused this request on the grounds that it would encourage other workers to request for the same thing.
The refusal of this request resulted in Anna resigning and blogging about her experience. As Anna is also a blogger and author, she started the Flex Appeal to persuade businesses to trial flexible working. She is also making people aware that they can request flexible working.
So, how do you request flexible working?
Everyone who works in the UK has a statutory right to request flexible working once they have been employed for 26 weeks or more. The request can be repeated once a year. It needs to be in writing and it must be considered within three months of it being received. If it is refused, businesses need to give a valid reason for not accepting the request.
The survey found that offering flexible working improved motivation encouraging employees to stay in their job for longer!