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More Flexible Hours Than Sheena Easton

04 December 2017

Whether you’re a lark or an owl, or whether your baby takes the morning train, chances are you’d rather still be bashing out zeds on the cotton typewriter, than heading into work. Not so, says a new report.

Say goodbye to that nine to five existence, it seems your days are as done as perhaps are Dolly Parton’s chances of a repeat performance at Glastonbury. Far from being the lazy, bed-bound Brits we all think we are, a recent survey has found that the majority of us would love to start our working day even earlier.

Yes, that’s right. That woke you up. Brits want to work harder. Golly gosh, as Dolly might say. Suddenly those efficient Germans, manning their mittlestand businesses in the mittlenacht, are quaking in their early boots.

The alarm-clock beating Germans typically hit the factory floor at seven in the morning, which, given the time difference, means they’re already on the assembly line before John Humphreys has even challenged his first politician to a Radio Four bout of mixed martial question avoidance.

But here at Springfords we totally approve of an early start. It’s just we also approve of a late start too. Flexible working works well for us, and it can work well for you too.

With the Slavish adherence to office hours and the shift system, working nine to five may not be the way to health, wealth and happiness. If your baby really does take the morning train, regardless of how productive they feel at that hour of the morning, are they being as productive as they could be?

Encouraging people to work when they are at their best, be that with the dawn chorus for early risers, or into the evening for night owls could have a positive impact on productivity. It might just be better for the wellbeing of the workforce and, ultimately, better for business too.

A workforce that’s spreading it’s effort over a longer part of the day makes more efficient use of the workspace, and gives better availability to clients too. All that and little additional cost to the business.

Governments are well aware of the economic advantages of workers working at times that make them most efficient. They may not have our personal well-being at heart, but if spreading a culture of spreading start times means the rush hour becomes a rush tri-hour, then that’s one less lane required on that commuter motorway, and five years’ more grace before those extra trains need to be purchased. What government would say no to that.

For those of us in the economic front line, it might mean getting twelve executives into ten workstations without having to rent extra work space. Suddenly, giving Linda Lark an early key and Olly Owl a late pass, makes sound economic sense.

We don’t advocate a spate of coming to work in your pyjamas, nor working until it’s time to put them on, but at Springfords we think that keeping track of hours worked impacts positively on productivity, and maybe more time spent working and not caught up commuting could be more tax efficient.

The important thing is, no matter whether you’re a morning sun worshipper, or you howl at the moon, you should work when you feel most efficient and most motivated. Worrying about doing it any other way simply isn’t worth losing sleep over. Take that thought to bed with you tonight.

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