However, for many workers, the fear of being out of a job entirely will keep them in the office and fearful of asking for flexible work.
“There are a few success stories of people opting for the sea-change in their mid 40's but they are the exception rather than the rule,” says one senior manager at a large international bank in Sydney, who wished to remain anonymous.
“The reality is, most people in banking are trying to keep their jobs in a sector where the margins are being squeezed.”
Only about 10% of Australian workers work remotely on a regular basis, quite low by international standards, says Rea Cooper, associate dean at the University of Sydney’s Business School.
But her research of flexible workers across a range of white-collar occupations and sectors indicates that those doing it are highly productive. “Many report working much harder in non-standard employment, than co-workers in standard-hours jobs,” Cooper says.
It’s a feeling that a lot of flexible workers can relate to.
So, the next time you’re feeling guilty about leaving work early after an early start, remember – you’re not alone.
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