Tuesday, 21 Aug, 2007 Offbeat

A Better Office Working Schedule Suggested by British Researchers


Study showed that working hard the whole week is not necessarily beneficial neither for the worker, nor for his/her employer. Employees, working outside the office for at least one day per week, would have more trust in their employer, would be better instructed and would even enjoy a better evaluation of their work.

Professor Thomas Redmond from the Durham University, JBA (a British consulting company) and Regus (an international company) have conducted a research called "Efficient work in 21st century", where over 1000 office workers from private and social organizations took part.

According to this study, the 'classic' scheme of office work, i.e. sitting in front of the monitor entire week, surrounded by four walls, has proved to be not as efficient as it was thought to be. Companies, that forced their employees working entire week in the office, said the research, would risk losing grip of the situation and let their more dynamic competitors ahead.

The research showed that companies employing about 1000 office workers and imposing a traditional working schedule would lose about 1.5 million pounds (over $3 million), i.e. these companies would lose about 3% of their yearly income.

Researchers said that there were two main factors standing in the way of the traditional office working, which are the lack of trust and clarity. Employees working the entire week in the office would more often show lack of trust towards their employers, they would feel underestimated and frustrated, would experience more stress and, as a result, could be seldom found on their working place than their more independent colleagues.

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