POLL: S’poreans prefer flexible working hours to the 4-day work week, although many admit an extra day off would be good for their mental health

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A new survey shows that nearly two-thirds of employees prefer flexible working hours to a four-day work week. The more than 1,000 employees surveyed come from several sectors ranging from information technology (IT) to retail.

US-based Qualtrics’ online poll, conducted last month, showed respondents felt concerned about the long working hours a four-day working week would entail. However, many respondents acknowledged that an extra day off in the week would benefit their mental health.

The survey showed that 64% of full-time employees surveyed said they preferred flexibility to a four-day work week.

Interestingly, flexibility is a more important reason for retention (66%) than a less workday (50%).

Hesitancy over the four-day week appears to stem from the following reasons: 78% of respondents said they expected to work longer hours if such a program were implemented, while 62% feared that customers don’t get frustrated with a shorter work week. .

However, 86% of employees said one less day at work would benefit their mental health, while 89% said this type of arrangement could improve work-life balance.

Additionally, 87% also said the shorter week would make them more loyal to their employers.

But again, more than half of respondents (55%) said they thought there would be a drop in business performance if a four-day work week was followed.

When it comes to flexibility, a third of respondents defined it as being in control of their working hours, while 26% said it meant being able to work from anywhere and 19% said it was being able to choose their working days. .

The survey also showed that 70% of respondents said their work is the main source of the mental health problems they face.

However, when asked if remote work affected their mental health, 24% said it had a positive effect, while 22% said it had a negative effect on their mental health.

Additionally, while many respondents said they preferred flexibility at work, a significant number (70%) also said they thought it would have a negative impact on career advancement.

Ms. Lauren Huntington, Employee Experience Solutions Strategist – Southeast Asia, Qualtrics, said: “Amidst the buzz around new work models, employers must not lose sight of the fact that what employees want really, and what they’ve grown accustomed to, is the flexibility to adjust their working hours to suit the demands of their lives.

More and more, we see people making career decisions and thriving in their work working for organizations that truly understand and respond to their needs, and who they feel like they belong to. That’s why the most important part of any work model isn’t just hours or days worked – it’s being able to understand and meaningfully deliver what people want and expect to ensure that everyone benefits from the ongoing transformations.


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