For as far back as ‘office life’ goes, the Monday-Friday, 9-5 routine has been in place. But is this routine still working?

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In recent years we have seen the workplace structure change drastically, with the pandemic forcing many businesses to move their workforce online - and with this came a lot of positive change. For example, the flexibility that came with remote working allowed people to tend to their wellbeing more, save money on commuting, and increase their overall productivity. 

A recent survey from the Office of National Statistics found that more than three-quarters (78%) of those who worked from home in some capacity during the pandemic said that it gave them an improved work-life balance - and over half reported it was quicker to complete work (52%) and that they had fewer distractions (53%).

As life gets back to normal many businesses are responding to the positivity of remote working, and either becoming fully remote teams or introducing a hybrid model that allows people to work both from home and in the office. 

But the question is, is that enough, and how can we maintain productivity in the workplace? 

A recent article produced by BBC explored the benefits of ‘non-linear’ workdays and explained that more and more people are demanding this type of work structure. 

Employees in this arrangement are able to do their jobs outside of the traditional nine-to-five block, often choosing which work hours work best for them. Conducting this type of workday, allows people to complete tasks in flexible, focused bursts scattered throughout their day, where they can craft work schedules around their personal lives, rather than cram life into fixed, contracted hours. Allowing this type of structure lets people get the everyday tasks done so that they can truly focus on their work and do so with no distractions. 

So, what are the benefits of a non-linear workday?  

  • Employees are able to access appointments they would otherwise have to miss 

  • Employees who are parents are given the flexibility they need to look after their children 

  • People feel as though their time and wellbeing are valued

  • People have better mental health and wellbeing when they are able to work on their own schedule 

  • Ability to work in different settings that allow them to focus more e.g. home, cafe, office etc. 

  • More flexibility creates more productivity   

Of course, not everyone will like this structure, and not every workplace will be able to offer it. But it’s important that every employer takes into consideration what does work best for their employees and their business. You don’t have to stick to traditions just because they’re traditional!