Flexible working is a priority for over 58% of UK adults, research finds

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Time and attendance systems capable of managing remote workforces on flexible work patterns are likely to become increasingly popular in the near future as more than half of UK adults (58%) want to move away from traditional working patterns, according to research by McDonald’s.

Currently, only around 6% of people are working the traditional nine to five, with earlier starts and shorter working weeks becoming more attractive to jobseekers, the research found.

The survey has also revealed that more than half of people in full-time employment (58%) would like to start earlier than 9am and finish earlier than 5pm. Plus, if given the option, just under half of UK adults (48%) would prefer to work a longer day in return for a shorter working week.

Flexibility appears to be important for people of all ages and life stages, with four in five parents (78%) and students (83%) stating that flexible working allows them to balance work with family commitments or studying.

As many as seven in 10 (70%) would like to work more flexibly in the future. Meanwhile, 69% of employees working flexibly said it encouraged them to stay in a job for longer, and 57% believe it improved their motivation levels. Sixty-five per cent of UK workers said it would improve their wellbeing and satisfaction at work.


Tensor plc supplies an extensive range of workforce management solutions that cater for all the requirements of the modern workplace, including flexible working.

The system can supply working rules for a variety of purposes, from simple determination of overtime by the number of daily hours worked, to the more complex payment of overtime hours adjusted when periodic targets are not met. The system also contains special rules to accommodate the formal flexitime contracts worked by many public sector employees. Workers paid on an annual contract basis can receive reports stating how many contracted hours they have yet to work.

Additionally, our top-range WinTA suite features an On-line Self Service module that allows staff to clock IN or OUT, check hours, request leave + other functions via internet, mobile or other communications.

Furthermore, with the Telephone Clocking module, staff can call in from remote locations to clock IN or OUT or review their flexitime balance or remaining holiday entitlement. After entry of their pass code, an automated, spoken menu guides employees to the option they require.

If you’d like to find out more about the range of workforce management and Time and Attendance solutions supplied by Tensor and just how we can help your company implement thorough and reliable flexible working arrangements, just contact us or Book a Demo.

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