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The 9-to-5 working day is an endangered species

“The days of turning up in the office at 9am and walking out the door at 5pm are long gone “
Oct 31st 2014, 7:00 AM 13,907 36

A NEW STUDY suggests the 9-to-5 work day may be long gone as professionals are working longer hours than contracted.

The survey by Morgan McKinley also found Irish professionals feel obliged to work longer, with at least half of those who work longer hours staying around for at least an extra hour a day.

Despite this, Irish professionals are actually very good at switching off, with almost half saying they refuse to use mobile devices for work once they leave the office. The work landscape itself is evolving too with over one-third of workplaces offering a work-from-home option for employees and others having flexible start and finish times.

“The days of turning up in the office at 9am and walking out the door at 5pm are long gone and the changed work environment is reflected not only in the hours professional are putting in but also in the working options provided by employers,” said Karen O’Flaherty, Morgan McKinley Ireland Chief Operations.

One in six of all professionals work at least 10 hours over their contracted hours a week. Over the course of a 48 week working year that means that these employees are working an extra three months more a year than they are contracted to.

Flaherty said many employees feel they do not have a choice in this matter and employers looking to retain and attract talent need to be mindful of this.

She said this survey shows something positive – that Irish people have learned how to ‘work hard and switch off’.

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