Flexible working more popular than company pensions

Workers want flexible hours more than they want company pensions and nearly half of all office workers want to work from home...

The results of a new survey by Virgin Pure suggests that people who work from home may do more work outside of normal hours than those who work in an office, but they are more likely to feel the most positive and never take any time off sick.

While looking in to workplace health and wellbeing, Virgin Pure discovered that the appeal of flexible hours and working from home was sometimes greater than the conventional benefits offered by employers. Therefore, perhaps the more flexible the employer - the happier and healthier the workforce?

More British workers would choose to have flexible working hours than they would choose a company pension:

  • Nearly half (46 per cent) of all workers want their employers to offer them flexible hours
  • Around a third (31 per cent) are offered flexible hours.
  • 44 per cent of all workers want a pension 

Nearly half of all office workers want to work from home - more than they want a pension:

  • Only 18 per cent of all workers are able to work from home
  • Nearly a third (32 per cent) want to be offered the chance to work from home
  • Nearly half (46 per cent) of office workers want to work from home

Read: Employers aren't doing enough for their staff, claim UK workers

While people who work from home do more work outside of normal hours - they are more likely to feel the most positive at work and are more likely never to take any time off sick:

  • A quarter (24 per cent) of all workers read or reply to work emails every day outside of normal hours
  • 30 per cent of all workers read or reply to work emails most days outside of normal hours
  • Nearly half (per cent) of respondents who mainly work from home email every day out of normal office hours compared to a quarter (24 per cent) who work mainly in an office
  • Over a third (36 per cent) of home workers make work calls out of normal hours every day compared to 14 per cent of office workers
  • A quarter (26 per cent) of  workers who mainly work from home complete projects out of hours compared to 18 per cent of office workers

  • 29 per cent of home workers said they feel fantastic at work, compared to just 14 per cent in an office

  • Over half (54 per cent) of home workers haven't taken a sick day in the past year compared to 43% of office workers

So while they may not do as much work outside of normal hours, three quarters (74 per cent) of office workers are more likely to feel stressed or tired, compared to under half (49 per cent) of home workers who feel stressed and 47 per cent who feel tired.

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