During the ITV election debate (19/11/2019), Jeremy Corbyn reaffirmed his plans to implement a four-day working week under a Labour government which was met with laughter from the audience and scepticism from businesses.
Quinyx, a cloud based management software company thinks a four-day working week is “impractical and not conducive to creating a happy and productive workforce in modern 24 hours Britain, as it excludes the country’s vitally important shift workers.”
A fifth said it is possible but it could only be implemented after five years.
The poll also showed 5 per cent believes a four-day week would be doable in the next year, 6 per cent said it will be doable in 1-3 years, and 5 per cent in 3-5 years.
Quinyx data shows:
- Only 10 per cent of the UK’s shift workers say a four-day working week is a type of flexibility that would suit them best
- 20 per cent would rather be able to pick the shifts they want, the most popular answer
- 16 per cent would rather be able to swap shifts at short notice, and a further 12 per cent would rather work part time
Erik Fjellborg, CEO & founder of Quinyx said:
While it’s great to see flexible working be brought into the spotlight during this election race, a four day working week only really benefits those that work in white-collar office jobs, with set schedules. It’s an impractical type of flexible working for the UK’s vitally important shift workers, who keep Britain working on a 24 hour cycle.
At Quinyx we believe that flexibility should be for everyone – and that applies whether you call a boardroom or a shop floor your office. It’s only by providing all workers with the ability to choose a schedule that’s right for them that we will truly unlock the benefits of a happy, productive and engaged workforce.
Quinyx believes if it does not embrace flexible working it could lose out on £12 billion a year by 2023 unless flexible working is embraced.
The poll had 123 HR professionals vote in it.