Jobseekers Preferred Work Hours

A new survey from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce found that 72% of Canadian workers prefer a flexible work schedule, but the traditional 9-to-5 work week is still the most popular. The survey also found that only 18% of workers prefer a compressed work schedule, such as a 10-hour 4-day work week.

The survey results suggest that while many workers are open to flexible work arrangements, there is still a strong preference for the traditional work week. This may be due to a number of factors, such as the need for childcare or other commitments outside of work.

However, the survey also found that flexible work arrangements can have a number of benefits for both employees and employers. For employees, flexible work arrangements can improve work-life balance, reduce stress, and increase productivity. For employers, flexible work arrangements can attract and retain top talent, reduce absenteeism, and lower costs.

Here are some additional details from the survey:

  • 72% of workers prefer a flexible work schedule.
  • 18% of workers prefer a compressed work schedule.
  • The most popular flexible work arrangements are flextime (58%), telecommuting (52%), and staggered work hours (48%).
  • Workers who have flexible work arrangements are more likely to be satisfied with their jobs (78%) and their work-life balance (82%).
  • Employers who offer flexible work arrangements are more likely to attract and retain top talent (72%) and reduce absenteeism (68%).

The survey results suggest that there is a growing demand for flexible work arrangements. As more and more businesses adopt flexible work policies, it is likely that the traditional 9-to-5 work week will become less common.

But Wait There’s More…

According to a recent survey from The Harris Poll commissioned by Express Employment Professionals.

When given the option of working an 8-hour workday (but flexible start time), traditional 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or a compressed schedule such as 10 hours per day for 4 days a week, jobseekers most commonly pick an 8-hour day with a flexible start time (40%). Nearly 1 in 5 (18%) would prefer a compressed schedule.

And, if given the ability to design their own work schedule (i.e., working non-traditional hours for the same pay), most feel they would be more productive (56%) or they would have about the same level of productivity (39%).

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