For years, workers have resented the 40-hour working week. The iconic title track of Dolly Parton’s movie, now a high-profile West End musical, shines a light on these frustrations. “Working nine to five” is a byword for inflexibility, few prospects, and insufficient pay. But is the nine-to-five working week a thing of the past? According to a poll carried out by YouGov, only six per cent of employees are working the traditional hours of 9am to 5pm, and just 14 per cent would opt for those hours if given the chance. The survey also revealed that 42 per cent of respondents were already working according to shift patterns, compressed hours, and job shares. Many of these people told researchers that working flexible hours made them more motivated and led them to stay in the job longer. The workplace is certainly evolving. Today’s labour force is far more focused on work-life balance than previous generations. Unlike their work-hard, play-hard predecessors, … [Read more...] about Working nine to five – is it how we make a living?
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0 Have your say With symptoms of chronic stress 40 per cent higher in women bringing up two children while holding down a full-time job, improving ourwork-life balance is a priority, writes Susan Dalgety. Tione leaned back in her chair. “I am tired a lot,” she smiled, surveying her desk full of files, her laptop gently humming.“My youngest is only a few months old. And the eldest is eight years, so there is a big gap. When I go home at night, around six, I go to bed at nine. And then back up at six,” she laughed, ruefully.Tione is a working mother. She is a finance manager, responsible for managing the budgets of 14 projects across Malawi. She works around 45 hours a week, then goes home to tend to her children.Every mother in Malawi works. Female staff fill the city offices and shops, supported by an army of female nannies and cleaners. Only the very rich live a life of leisure.In the rural areas, where the majority of Malawi’s 18 … [Read more...] about Time for a workers’ revolution to win a four-day week – Susan Dalgety
‘There’s a stereotype that flexible workers sit at home all day in their pants not really doing much,” says Emma Gannon, 29, who, as the bestselling author of a book on the topic, as well as host and creator of a hugely successful podcast, Ctrl Alt Delete, is pretty much the poster girl for flexible working. But, the woman whose work schedule includes broadcasting, writing and charity work, who is always fashionably turned out in trademark black glasses and red lips, says: “For me, the opposite is true. At times I’m the busiest I’ve ever been.” She’s also more productive and healthier, she says. This backs up recent findings from University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School, which suggest that a three-day weekend could be the key to making workers happier, and simultaneously achieve more. (The idea is so seductive that last week John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, said Labour might even offer a four-day week to voters in an … [Read more...] about Stop watching the clock! Meet the pioneers of flexible working who think you should ditch the 9 to 5
DAMIAN GEORGE Last updated 19:11, September 16 2018 ROBERT KITCHIN/STUFF Children at Wellington's Capital Montessori have been exposed to asbestos for two months following construction work at the school. Children at a Wellington preschool were unknowingly exposed to asbestos for two months after a construction company replacing panels failed to take proper safety precautions.Parents of children at Wellington's Capital Montessori, in Kingston, received an email from the school's principal last Tuesday saying the facility would be closed after asbestos was detected in external classroom cladding and in some outdoor areas.The discovery was made following an assessment by an asbestos testing company - about two months after work was done to replace the cladding. ROBERT KITCHIN/STUFF The school said asbestos had been found on external cladding on classrooms and in several outdoor areas. In an email to staff and parents, principal … [Read more...] about Preschool children exposed to asbestos for two months after construction work
In our recent web chat on returning to work after maternity leave, experts discussed feelings of guilt, flexible working and what more can be done to accommodate fathers. Here’s a round-up of the best tips from our panel of experts. From chair, Maria Lally: What do you think the biggest challenge is facing mothers who wish to return to the workplace, either after maternity leave or a career break? @Anna Johnstone, director of coaching and development, Women Returners "It’s difficult to choose just one challenge. Returning to work after having a child can be tough - physically, emotionally and logistically. Often, women find they have lost some confidence and feel conflicted about leaving their child in someone else’s care. "At the same time, some women put pressure on themselves to be the same person at work, trying to be perfect in everything they deliver. It also can be tough to find an organisation that is flexible, accommodating and understanding of a … [Read more...] about From managing guilt to flexible working: Expert tips for parents returning to work after maternity leave