The face of working life has changed, so how is it possible that so many firms persist in sticking rigidly to the old office hours?
"It's simply because employers are afraid. The myth still lives on that employees who work at home don't get as much done. But in fact, all the studies show the exact opposite – those who are not physically present in the office are particularly anxious to show what they can do," says Adam Henderson at the Millenial Mindset company.
The employees' expectations of how a good workplace should operate have to agree with the company management's vision. A few years ago, for example, Yahoo's CEO Marissa Mayer abolished the option of working at home.
"A classic example of the attitude that 'if we can't see you, you aren't working'. Such attitudes can easily give rise to the feeling that the employer doesn't trust their employees."
Henderson and Millenial Mindset recently conducted a large-scale study of the millenium generation and how they view working life.
"92 per cent said that it's really important for them to be able to organise their time themselves – that's when they feel they can work most efficiently. It's the ability to choose that's important. One important point that confirms this is that when it comes to choosing between working at home and working at the office, 66 per cent actually choose the office."
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