Working hours

Four-day work week doesn't have to be a headache

Over three thousand workers, 60 companies and seven months - I don’t think anyone would have predicted that the UK would not just witness, but positively embrace the biggest trial of the four-day...

Nine-day fortnight could be a better alternative to a four-day week

Many businesses are now experimenting with a four-day week, but a nine-day fortnight may be a more viable alternative for some.

Job adverts with four-day week up 90%

As thousands of workers from 70 UK firms embark on an experiment to test the benefits of four-day week, job ads for this type of arrangement have surged.

What to expect from the UK's four-day week trial

Starting this week and running until December, more than 60 UK companies with over 3,000 workers will participate in a six-month coordinated trial of the four-day working week as part of a global...

Does ‘porngate' highlight the need for HR to police employees' work time?

A political scandal around porn-watching at work reopened the debate on whether employees need strict management of what they get up to while on-the-clock, says Dan Cave.

Giving new employees the gift of time

As an executive responsible for people operations and community, my guiding principle is something I learned a long time ago: people are not a company's most valuable or greatest asset. People are...

Flexible working leads to return on investment for frontline workers

Frontline employers in retail, care, construction, nursing and teaching sectors could see a return on investment (ROI) for flexible working within just three years.

Employees more optimistic of four-day week than employers

Nearly half (44%) of employees believe a four-day week will happen within the next five years compared to 37% of employers.

Guaranteed hours essential to business resilience

Nearly a third (32%) of working adults in the UK are given less than a week’s notice of their working hours, research published by the Living Wage Foundation (LWF) has found.

Night shifts slow down workers' memory

New research has revealed the long-term impact working night shifts has on the human body, with data suggesting those that work in the early hours have worse memories and slower mental speeds than...

Apple’s mandatory and phased return to office under scrutiny

Apple employees have been told they must return to the office – starting with at least one office day per week, rising to a minimum of three over the next few months.

Flexible work stigma still an obstacle in UK

Data released by Business in the Community (BITC), has revealed that even after two years of remote working, employees are still fearful of asking about flexible working when applying for a job.