A recent survey by LogMeIn, Inc. (NASDAQ: LOGM) and Redshift Research, reveals that most Brits plan to ditch the 9am to 5pm workday and move to a more flexible work schedule.
LogMeIn commissioned this research to assess how Brits´ working lives may change when new legislation comes into force on 30th June 2014, which gives all workers with at least 26 weeks of service the right to make a request for flexible working.
The findings come as knowledge workers across the globe, freed by advances in mobile and remote working technologies like smartphones, tablets and cloud computing, increasingly split their working time between physical office environments and remote locations.
Key findings from the research include:
Brits prefer an early start. Almost half (48 percent) of Brits said that their ideal work day would start before 9am. The same goes for 53 percent of workers polled in Wales where 35 percent of those workers would like to start their day at 7am. Only one third (34 percent) of Brits prefer working 9 to 5.
Many are benefiting from flexible working hours. One in twenty (seven percent) workers clock-in after 10am rising to one in five (22 percent) in London, over three times the national average. Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of Brits clock-in before 9am, with half (48 percent) of those people starting work at 8am.
Across the UK, 40 percent of workers aren´t offered any flexible working benefits by their employer at present. Only 23 percent of workers are given the opportunity to work remotely, while one in five (20 percent) Brits can take time off in lieu of working overtime and 18 percent have the freedom the change their daily working hours.
Only 24 percent of employers plan to offer more flexible working benefits to their staff beginning 30th June. However, two-fifths (40 percent) do not plan to make any changes of which 29 percent are not aware of the forthcoming changes to workers´ rights. A third (36 percent) of employers surveyed already offer flexible working benefits to their staff.
One in ten (11 percent) employers plan to introduce mobile working technology for the first time. Two-thirds (67 percent) of employers polled already offer mobile or remote working technology to some workers so that they can work while on the go or from home, and one in four (25 percent) plan to offer this technology to more workers in their organization.
Employers do not expect staff to make flexible working requests. While more than half (56 percent) of workers polled are thinking about making a request for flexible working, less than one third (27 percent) of employers are expecting staff to make such requests. The top three requests that employers expect are for: Remote working (41 percent), Compressed hours (29 percent), which give employees the option of spreading a working week over a shorter number of days, and time off in lieu (25 percent).
LogMeIn commissioned Redshift Research to conduct a survey of office workers and employers in the UK. Redshift surveyed 1,000 office workers and 500 small business decision makers during 13th – 20th June 2014.
LogMeIn transforms the way people work and live through secure connections to the computers, devices, data, and people that make up their digital world. LogMeIn is headquartered in the United States in Boston´s Innovation District with offices in Australia, Hungary, India, Ireland, and the UK.