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Flexible Working in Tech: Embracing the Four-Day Week

Progressive, innovative and revolutionary are all words associated with the tech industry. So it comes as no surprise that the sector is primed to take full advantage of the four-day work week. 

From facilitating thriving employees to attracting top talent, it’s in the interests of tech bosses to embrace flexible work arrangements, improving productivity and building healthier, happier teams.

According to a June study by McKinsey and Company, 52% of people working in “computer/mathematical” positions could work remotely five days a week, with a following 37% able to spend a portion of their working week at home – putting tech at the top for jobseekers searching for a flexible arrangement. 

So, what is it that makes tech companies ideal for flexible working? 

A Digital Industry

By utilising tools designed to improve efficiency, complete work effectively and often remotely, the tech industry is able to embrace flexible roles, without the concern of work disruption. 

Unsurprisingly, the technology industry enjoys the benefits of being the most digitised of all industries, providing incredible opportunities for flexible working. With the rise of cloud computing and team scheduling software, team members can stay connected with their peers, access internal files and examine essential company information in the comfort of their own home. 

With the proportion of people working on a hybrid basis rising from 13% to 24% between February and May 2022, it’s safe to assume that work from home is here to stay to the benefit of parents, homeowners, non-drivers and those working more than one job. 

The Power of Flexible Roles and the Four-Day Work Week

In an era of digital transformation, we’ve seen a huge lift in the number of companies looking for new ways to implement flexibility whilst improving productivity – enter the four-day work week. 

In the UK, the four-day week pilot scheme was launched in summer 2022, with over 70 businesses participating. With its initial success, many companies have agreed to keep the arrangement in place, empowering businesses with more flexible work arrangements. 

Whilst the four-day work week isn’t feasible across all industries, tech companies are among the most eager to sign on to this new working arrangement. 

Staff have shown enhanced productivity, whilst enjoying a better work-life balance. With such significant benefits, the four-day work week could be here to stay – especially in the tech industry. 

The Future Looks Flexible

Providing flexible working opportunities allows employees to create their own ideal, productive work-life balance, helping to reduce anxiety surrounding issues that are particularly stressful at work. 

Awarding employees time to themselves, time to better manage childcare arrangements and the freedom to work at times that best suit them can help to improve workplace wellness. As a result, flexible working contributes to tech companies’ health and wellbeing initiatives, working to relieve and prevent work-related illness. 

Here at Morris Sinclair, we understand why working remotely and embracing the power of flexible working leads to more productivity at work, which is why we offer flexible work arrangements to all our employees. 

Want to learn more about how we work? Or find recruiting tech companies looking for flexible workers? Contact us today. 

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