Almost half workers polled by YouGov were working job shares or flexible hours
Two thirds said their ability to work flexible hours was a key feature of a good job
- Poll questioned 4,000 UK adults aged over 16 and 1,000 McDonald’s employees
The poll, commissioned by McDonalds, found almost half of workers were working flexibly in some way, such as job sharing or flexible hours (file photo)
Employees have the right to ask for flexible working after 36 weeks of working. Bosses must be requested for sound business reasons.
Anna Whitehouse, 36, is a mother and blogger who quit her job after being refused a request for 15 minutes flexibility at the start and end of her day.. She now campaigns for more flexible working hours.
Mrs Whitehouse said: ‘Flexible working is not a ‘nice to have’, it’s a fundamental shift that has to happen to the fabric of the working world.
‘We see it as a two-way relationship, businesses trusting their employees and employees taking responsibility to get the job done.’
This May, a report by flexible working consultancy Timewise found that 30 per cent of flexible workers felt they were regarded as less important, while 25 per cent said they had missed out on a promotion.
Its research in 2017 found 73 per cent of the UK workforce were working either part-time or full-time with some form of flexible working pattern.
Paul Pomroy, boss of McDonald’s UK and Ireland, said: ‘People simply don’t want to work nine to five anymore. They want to work more flexibly, but that doesn’t diminish ambition, desire or opportunity to progress.’