August 1 2005 - Many British workers would welcome the introduction of a 6am start,
if they could go home earlier in exchange, according to research by business communications firm Your Communications
The survey of over 2,000 employees found that a majority believed they work
most efficiently between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m.
A mere one in 20 said they were most productive between 3pm and 6pm and almost
half the respondents said they could do their job as effectively from home.
Your Communications argued could spell the death of the traditional 9 to 5 working day. In particular,
allowing employees to work flexibly from home at times best-suited to them meant that businesses could
dramatically boost their productivity.
The report also concluded that employers should consider the 'obvious
benefits' that flexible working schemes bring, including:
- strengthening staff loyalty, and
- improving employees' work-life balance
"Most workers believe they work more effectively at different times of the day," said Paul Lawton, from Your Communications.
"Flexible work arrangements, which allow them to work from home, at their clients' offices, or for that matter at airport lounges, may help them to work more productively and vary their working hours."
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