Almost two-thirds (65%) of employees who do not currently have access to flexible working arrangements feel they would be more motivated and productive if they could choose their own hours, according to research by co-working organisation The Brew by rent24.
The survey of 1,000 professionals also found that 65% believe that choosing their own working hours would help them achieve a better work-life balance. A further 60% felt that this would enable them to work during the times of day when they had the most energy and concentration, rising to 68% of those aged between 18 and 34.
More than a quarter (27%) of respondents felt that flexibility would empower staff to better manage their mental health in order to improve motivation and productivity, while 30% stated that it would make them feel more trusted and appreciated.
An additional 26% noted that flexible working hours would enable them to more easily manage responsibilities outside of work, such as childcare or dog walking, ensuring that these do not become distractions.
More than half (53%) of overall respondents, and 72% of those aged between 18 and 24, agreed that flexible hours would help them get a better night’s sleep or be less tired at work.
Only 18% of professionals at small and medium-sized businesses already have access to flexible working arrangements, compared to 14% of respondents aged between 18 and 34 years-old.
Andrew Clough (pictured), chief executive officer at The Brew by rent24, said: “How people want to work is changing and our survey highlights that many employers are overlooking the benefits of flexible working, such as employee motivation and productivity.
“Not only can it help create a better work-life balance and allow for increased feelings of being trusted and appreciated, but allowing employees to work when it suits their needs could also have a significant impact on their alertness and have important mental health and sleep benefits, which in turn yield a happier and better performing workforce.”