PRESS RELEASE | Majority of Employees Feel that Working Flexibly Has a Positive Impact on Productivity According to the Morgan Mckinley Flexible Work Practices Survey 2016

Louise Langridge May 11, 20164 mins read

11 May 2016, Australia - 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 according to the Morgan McKinley Flexible Work Practices Survey published by professional services recruiter, Morgan McKinley.

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 various flexible working options - 65% of firms are driving flexibility and 80% of employees having the option to work from home or have flexible start/finishes.

Highlights of Morgan McKinley Flexible Work Practices 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

Morgan McKinley’s Joint Managing Director Australia, Louise Langridge commented:
“Australians in full-time jobs officially work 38 hours per week. However, our research paints a different picture - professionals are continuing to work long hours and are not even paid for much of the extra time that they put in. Millions of staff will go the extra mile every week without compensation. Bosses who encourage long hours in the office should re-think their approach as stressed, tired, over-worked staff are disengaged and less productive.”

“Despite the fact that most Australians are working a longer week and for the most part (63%) feel obligated to work more than their contractual hours, flexible work practices in Australia are becoming more popular. This is empowering people more than ever to create the work life blend that is right for them.”

“The Australian economy and the professional workforce are not only highly motivated and committed but are prepared to go the extra mile for their companies and their careers. As organisations continue to compete for talent globally and look for competitive advantage, it seems that flexibility is well on its way to becoming a business imperative. Organisations that are agile, and view flexibility through a broad and inclusive lense will be the ones best positioned to succeed.”

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Notes to editors:
The research was conducted in April 2016 among over 1000 professionals across a variety of sectors including accounting and finance, financial services, technology, engineering, science and office support.

About Morgan McKinley
Morgan McKinley is a global professional services recruiter connecting specialist talent with leading employers across multiple industries and disciplines. With offices across Ireland, the UK, EMEA, Asia and Australia, the company’s professional recruitment expertise spans banking & financial services; commerce & industry and professional services. Morgan McKinley is a preferred supplier to many of the major employers in its specialist sectors and thousands of smaller local firms.

Morgan McKinley APAC provides specialist recruitment services across the APAC region, including Australia, Mainland China, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore, working with clients and candidates to deliver local knowledge as well as global reach.

Morgan McKinley has been awarded the following:

  • ACCOUNTANCY RECRUITMENT COMPANY OF THE YEAR in Japan at the 2015 Recruitment International Asia Awards
  • SEEK annual recruitment awards: Winner of Mid-Sized Recruiter of the year, 2015
  • Global Recruiter Asia-Pacific award 2015 for BEST MARKETING CAMPAIGN
  • Global Recruiter Asia-Pacific, highly commended 2015 for BEST IN-HOUSE TRAINING
  • INNOVATION LEADER in the China HR Industry, TOP HR awards 2015
  • BANKING & FINANCIAL SERVICES Recruitment Company of the year in HONG KONG at the 2015 (and also the 2014) Recruitment International Asia Awards
  • CANDIDATE CARE PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR at the 2014 Recruitment International Australia awards
  • BANKING & FINANCIAL SERVICES Recruitment Company of the year in JAPAN at the 2014 Recruitment International Asia Awards
  • Global Recruiter Asia-Pacific award 2014 for BEST IN-HOUSE TRAINING
  • Global Recruiter Asia-Pacific, highly commended 2014 for BEST MARKETING CAMPAIGN
  • TOP HR award: Best headhunter in China, 2013
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