Jo Geraghty


Working nine to five?

Date added: 06th Nov 2015
Category: Employee Engagement

trust your people and they will reward you by being engaged and aligned with the aims of the organisation

Does anybody really work 9-to-5 nowadays? As the junior doctors’ pay dispute rumbles on, the question of what does and doesn’t constitute antisocial hours has come to the fore. Irrespective of working time directives and contracted paid hours; for many people increasingly the lines between work and home time are becoming blurred. We take a quick look at work emails before we go to bed, we get up early to do a quick catch up before we go into the office, and survey after survey shows how people are regularly forgoing holiday in order to keep up with work pressures.

Are these changing work patterns indicative of employers taking advantage of people who cannot afford to be without work, or are they a sign that people are moving towards a more blended lifestyle? In truth, it depends on the employer and the employee. Those employers who truly value their people are looking to promote a work/life balance which is based on acceptable levels of work done rather than on attendance for a set number of hours. These are the employers who value people as people and trust them to deliver in the best way possible.

Of course, there are some jobs which do require an employee to be in a set place but that still doesn’t mean that there cannot be some element of flexibility. Allowing employees to take personal calls in work may cost a small amount of time, but that is more than recouped in helping to improve loyalty and engagement. Today’s business relationships should be based on trust and reward, trust your people and they will reward you by being engaged and aligned with the aims of the organisation.

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