Dolly Parton might have to consider changing the lyrics to her song after a YouGov survey found that only 6% of people in the UK now work 9am to 5pm, BBC News has reported this week.
According to the survey, the traditional working hours have been replaced in popularity by flexible working hours.
Most of the workers surveyed prefer starting work at 8am and finishing at 4pm (which are hours I’ve recently adopted in an attempt to beat the wading through jam-like Bristol traffic). The second popular choice is 7am to 3pm.
It seems that flexible hours are just as popular with accountants. Quite often, in our regular Small Change feature, accountants in practice talk about bringing in flexible working to help with their staff’s work-life balance and to ensure someone is on hand for their clients at all sorts of hours.
But there is another issue: does a standard working day even exist anymore? Can you clock off at, say, 5pm? The line between work and life has blurred.
So what say you? Is your office hours still the standard 9am to 5pm? Or have you taken on a more flexible working arrangement? If so, have you found it better for your personal life or dealing with your clients?