‘Working 9 to 5 is no way to earn a living’ say flexible Brits

PRESS RELEASE: More than half of Britain’s workforce (55%) have taken time out of the office and ‘worked from home’ or other locations according to research by Plantronics.

The line between our work and personal lives has become more blurred than ever, with many Brits claiming they were expected to work while on holiday this summer but admitting they made up for it by taking time out during the working day to do things such as shop, take the kids to the park or just sit and sunbathe or watch The Ashes or Wimbledon on TV.

A survey by Plantronics – a global leader in audio communications for businesses and consumers – revealed around half of the workforce now do some elements of their job away from the work place (55%).  Furthermore, nearly half (47%) believe they are more productive if they can manage their time flexibly.

Where we work is also changing:

•    30% of Brits say they worked from the pub this summer
•    20% worked from a park
•    16% worked from the beach
•    11% worked from the gym
•    4% worked from the golf course

The research also found 42% of Brits said the traditional notion of ‘working 9 to 5’ no longer applies to the way they manage their work life balance. 40% of Brits took work calls whilst on a day off and 27% of Brits say their boss expects them to be contactable, even on a day off.

Paul Clark, General Manager North Western Europe for Plantronics, said: “The line between our work and personal lives has all but vanished now, and if companies want to get the best out of their people, they need to help them work more flexibly by giving them the trust and the technology to do so. As long as the work gets done to a high standard and on time, it doesn’t really matter whether it’s done from a park, a pub or an office. If people are willing to be contactable outside work time then employers should see the trade-off is people want to be more flexible about when and where they work. It’s about finding a work life balance that works best for them and their employer.”

Plantronics surveyed a total of 2,500 British workers on their working habits in August 2015 with Toluna Analytics

*figures based on 31.03 million UK workforce from ONS figures, August 2015 http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/lms/labour-market-statistics/august-2015/statistical-bulletin.html
8% (‘bunked off’ work this summer to enjoy the sunshine) as % of 31.03 million = 2.5 million
5% (‘bunked off’ work this summer to watch Wimbledon or The Ashes) as % of 31.03 million = 1.56 million