Study: Workers prefer flexibility over four-day workweek

SINGAPORE: Sixty-four per cent of full-time employees in Singapore would choose the freedom to work whenever they want over working one fewer day each week, according to new Qualtric research.

The study also found that flexibility has a bigger impact on retention (66%) compared with a four-day workweek setup. Flexibility is defined by 33% of Singaporeans as the ability to choose how many hours to work, while others describe it as being able to work from anywhere (26%) or picking the days they want to work (19%).

While most Singaporean workers prefer flexibility if given the option, 87% of respondents are receptive to their employer's implementation of a four-day workweek, with improved health and wellbeing as their primary reasons.

In terms of challenges that come with new working models, 89% of employees support using results as the reference for employee performance rather than hours and days worked.

“Among the buzz surrounding new working models, employers must not lose sight of the fact

that what employees really want and have come accustomed to is the flexibility to adjust their

work schedules to fit the demands of their lives,” said Lauren Huntington, Employee Experience Solution Strategist - Southeast Asia, Qualtrics.

“Increasingly, we’re seeing people make career decisions and find fulfilment in their jobs by working for organisations that truly understand and respond to their needs, and where they feel they belong. That’s why the most important part of any working model isn’t simply the hours or days worked - it’s being able to understand and meaningfully deliver what people want and expect to ensure everyone benefits from the transformations underway," she added.

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