Flexibility more effective than shorter days?

There is much talk about how flexible working can positively impact the workforce, whether it’s the freedom to choose where you complete your tasks within your office workspace, or the ability  to work remotely. Many suggest that making changes to how people carry out their work can increase productivity and reduce  staff absenteeism levels.

Researchers in Sweden even went as far as suggesting that reducing the number of working hours, without reducing the available pay may have a considerable and positive impact on the workforce.  However as this article on the BBC website this month has pointed out.  Many of these trials have been unsuccessful.

The approach trialled in Sweden comprised a 3 hour morning, followed by an hours’ lunch break and a 3 hour afternoon. By being more focussed, the hope was that the staff would be happier and more productive during the shorter days.

Other Swedish firms encourage their staff to enjoy better health by offering gym passes to members of staff and flexibility around school pick up and drop off times.The results of the poll seem to have been inconclusive, and members of the trials, according to this article are not looking forward to returning to the longer days.