Research from Regus, the workspace provider, has found over two-thirds of UK professionals (69 per cent) are required to work outside of their regular office hours more than they were five years ago. The survey was the result of canvassing the opinions of over 3,000 business people in the UK on their attitudes and approaches to work.
A similar proportion of workers (72 per cent) say that fixed hours are no longer suited to their duties; perhaps offering some explanation as to why so much extra time is spent at the office. More than three-quarters – 76 per cent – of respondents also reported a rise in remote workers, further suggesting that the concept of 9-5 day in the office is outdated.
“These findings clearly show that UK working practices continue to evolve,” said Richard Morris, UK CEO, Regus. “The fact that so many UK workers finding that ‘regular’ hours no longer suit their roles, should prompt companies to embrace flexible working practices.
“Our customers frequently say that implementing flexible working has a strong impact on the productivity and well-being of employees,” he continues. “Many companies still make the mistake of associating flexible working solely with home working, however, dedicated workspaces offer the flexibility to work wherever and whenever it suits them.”