Office jobs are becoming increasingly easy to perform remotely thanks to advances in technology. Need to ask your boss a question? Just send them a message on Slack. Got a conference call? No problem, dial in with Zoom. Collaborating on a piece of work? There’s a Google Doc for that.  Remote working is easy when you can access everything you need online.

As working remotely gets easier, the concept of a traditional 9 to 5 job is becoming increasingly outdated. A nationwide study found that more than half of full-time workers in the UK want to move away from the traditional 9 to 5 working day. Why should employees be forced to face the busiest tubes during rush hour, or sit idling in their cars, when they could leave slightly earlier and free up time in the evening? Flexible working has a multitude of benefits for both employees and the business.

Flexible working – the benefits for employees

Being able to leave work an hour earlier can contribute to:

  • Better work-life balance
  • Better managing of childcare and family commitments
  • More time for socialising and improved friendships
  • Improved mental and physical health.

Benefits for businesses

Employees value companies that can offer them a better work-life balance. Flexible start and end times in the office gives employees more control over their lifestyles, and this in turn leads to greater job satisfaction.

  • Improved office culture
  • Increased job satisfaction
  • Better concentration and engagement
  • Improved efficiency and productivity.

Tug’s favourite thing about flexitime

  • 48% – leaving earlier to spend time with friends and family
  • 20% – time to go to the gym in the morning or evening
  • 16% – felt more productive in the morning
  • 4% – felt more productive in the evening
  • 4% – leaving earlier to miss the evening rush
  • 4% – the ability to make up the time if they were running late
  • 4% – having the pick of the free breakfast when they came in early.

Tug’s favourite thing about working from home

  • 48% – freedom to work on tasks without the distractions of the office.
  • 40% – feel trusted to work independently
  • 36% – can be home for deliveries or home repairs
  • 8% – working in their pyjamas
  • 4% – get more free time without the daily commute
  • 4% – don’t actually like working from home!

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