Future of Employee ExperienceJul, 2020
60 per cent of UK employees say that the traditional nine to five no longer works for them as they try to balance life in and out of work, so is it time for change? Our Future of Employee Experience special report, published in The Times, looks at the changing nature of our future working lives, the concept of being employed, and the reasons why we’re sick of video calls. It explores turning customers into activists in an interview with US Ben & Jerry’s activism manager, Jabari Paul. It examines the handling, and mishandling, of lockdown redundancies from the employee’s perspective. Also featured is an infographic on ditching the nine to five and making the case for a four-day work week.
Just a decade ago, the idea of moving to a four-day work week would have seemed unrealistic and doomed for failure. But with many governments rolling out trials and the pandemic prompting companies across the world to adopt more flexible working patterns, the argument to move away from the traditional nine to five has begun to gather speed. Whether our future working lives will be completely flexible, confined to four days a week or spread out across seven, remains to be seen. What is clear, however, is that the tried-and-tested 40-hour work week is at risk of becoming obsolete