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Flexible working – Is the office 9-5 dead?

80% of employees would not consider moving to a job that did not offer flexible working

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A recent poll has shown that nearly 80% of responders would not consider moving to a job that did not offer flexible working options. Only 14% said they definitely would consider it, with the rest being unsure. While only a straw poll, it is indicative of a general desire by many for greater flexible working after COVID-19.

In recent conversations with clients, both employees and employers, many have said flexible and hybrid working is growing in importance. Businesses may need to take this into account when trying to attract new talent or retain staff. This may be especially true where businesses are not able to offer competitive salaries or pay rises in these difficult economic times.

Greater flexible and hybrid working could be used to effectively give staff a pay rise by decreasing their expenditure on things like travel and takeaway lunches. Such increases in disposable income would be greatly appreciated by many during a cost of living crisis.

Aside from this, there has been a tangible culture shift when it comes to flexible working. Most workers now expect some degree of flexible working as standard and won’t readily accept a more traditional working pattern.

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