Flexible Work Practices Survey: 97% of Professionals Felt Working Flexibly Has a Positive Impact on Productivity

Louise Langridge
May 10, 20162 mins read

An overwhelming majority of professionals in Australia (97%) felt that the option to work flexibly has a positive impact on productivity.

The Morgan McKinley Flexible Work Practices Survey 2016 revealed that almost three-quarters (77%) of Australian professionals felt that they worked beyond their contracted hours with 22% surveyed working 10 hours or more than their agreed hours.

Despite the long hours culture for working professionals in Australia, our research shows that  companies are making progress with offering a work life balance through flexible working options - 65% of firms are driving flexibility with 80% of employees having the option to work from home or have flexible start/finishes.

Highlights of Morgan McKinley Working Hours Survey Australia

  • 63% of employees felt obligated to work in excess of their contractual/office hours
  • 76% of employees have the option to work flexibly, with 65% of organisations focused on driving flexibility
  • 8 out of 10 Australian professionals can work from home and/or have a flexible start/finish
  • Three-quarters of respondents said that they worked beyond their contracted hours
  • 50% of employees work remotely occasionally while 42% do it regularly, with 84% provided with the necessary tools
  • 37% of employees felt that working flexibly limits their career progression, with 35% feeling it is not the same for males and females, with males at a disadvantage
  • 94% of employees felt that the option to work flexibly helps attract and retain talent
  • 97% felt that working flexibly has a positive impact on productivity

You can download and read the full report here.

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