Irish workers are burning the midnight oil, according to Regus survey
Irish professionals say they are working outside of their usual hours more than five years ago
More than seven in ten Irish professionals (71%) are required to work outside of their regular office hours more than they were five years ago, according to a recent research from Fingal Dublin Chamber member Regus. This is significantly higher than the global average of 66%. The survey canvassed the opinions of business people from across Ireland on their attitudes and approaches to work.
Nearly two thirds of workers (65%) say that fixed hours are no longer suited to their duties; perhaps offering some explanation as to why so much extra time is spent at the office. 74% of respondents also reported a rise in remote workers, further suggesting that the concept of 9-5 day in the office is outdated.
One Irish businessman who has embraced a more flexible way of working is Giles Newsome, founder of Concorde CS Consulting, which helps businesses with Digital Strategy and Change Management.
He explains: “When I started my company a couple of months ago I immediately decided that I didn’t want a full time office. Working practices are evolving and the idea of having a fixed office where I work from 9 to 5, Monday to Friday, seemed unnecessary and old fashioned. I knew I wanted to operate on a more agile basis and Regus Businessworld accommodates that perfectly. I use workspace in the business lounges in Dublin when I need to, which is a far more flexible and cost-effective way of doing things. I also find I can be far more productive when I work in a way that suits me.”
Karen Lawlor, Country Manager for Ireland at Regus said “These findings clearly show that Irish working practices continue to evolve. The fact that so many workers finding that ‘regular’ hours no longer suit their roles, should prompt companies to embrace flexible working practices.
“Our customers frequently say that implementing flexible working has a strong impact on the productivity and well-being of employees. Many companies still make the mistake of associating flexible working solely with home working, however, dedicated workspaces offer the flexibility to work wherever and whenever it suits them.”