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Working 8-4? What a way to make a living!

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BY Andrew Maxwell
Employment law

Despite what the dulcet tones of Dolly Parton may have you believe, it seems that the majority of British workers would like a break from the traditional 9-5 according to a recent survey. The research conducted by YouGov found that two thirds of British workers would prefer to start and end their working day earlier than 9 – 5.

The most popular option was a working day starting at 8am and finishing at 4pm, with other popular choices including 8.30am-4.30pm and even 7am-3pm. However, amongst those aged 18 to 24 starting work after 9am was most desirable.

There are a variety of reasons behind the apparent unpopularity of the 9-5 including; a desire to avoid rush hour commutes, childcare arrangements and more generally a better work life balance.

So will the results of the survey translate into a deluge of flexible working requests from employees? Fortunately for employers the law on flexible working has remained unchanged since 2014 and employers can reject an employee’s request for any one of eight specific business reasons. If you have any questions about how to balance the needs of your employees with the needs of your business, get in touch with your Employment Solicitor or HR Consultant today.

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