COVER STORY THE FLEXI SET HOW WE DO IT THE FULL-TIME FLEXER

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The Sunday Telegraph - Sunday - - Front Page -

You might think flex­i­ble work­ing is lit­tle more than au­tho­rised skiv­ing, but finds it is quite the op­po­site

‘There’s a stereo­type that flex­i­ble work­ers sit at home all day in their pants not re­ally do­ing much,” says Emma Gan­non, 29, who, as the best­selling au­thor of a book on the topic, as well as host and cre­ator of a hugely suc­cess­ful pod­cast, Ctrl Alt Delete, is pretty much the poster girl for flex­i­ble work­ing. But, the woman whose work sched­ule in­cludes broad­cast­ing, writ­ing and char­ity work, who is al­ways fash­ion­ably turned out in trade­mark black glasses and red lips, says: “For me, the op­po­site is true. At times I’m the busiest I’ve ever been.”

She’s also more pro­duc­tive and health­ier, she says. This backs up re­cent find­ings from Univer­sity of Ox­ford’s Saïd Busi­ness School, which sug­gest that a three-day week­end could be the key to mak­ing work­ers hap­pier, and si­mul­ta­ne­ously achieve more. ( The idea is so se­duc­tive that last week John Mcdon­nell, the shadow chan­cel­lor, said Labour might even of­fer a four-day week to vot­ers in an at­tempt to win the next gen­eral elec­tion.)

And al­though she’s cer­tainly not brag­ging about it, when pressed Gan­non says she’s earn­ing about three times the amount she did when she worked for The Man. “I am able to work on dif­fer­ent projects with dif­fer­ent peo­ple, which means that I’m not capped, in terms of what I want to achieve, or on what I can earn.”

All this is why she’s part of a hugely grow­ing trend among work­ers of all ages and back­grounds to shun the nineto-five and work more flex­i­bly – a term that in­cludes any pat­tern that isn’t the “nor­mal” Mon­day to Fri­day work­ing week, in­clud­ing job shar­ing, com­pressed hours and work­ing from home.

A re­cent study by Time­wise, a re­cruit­ment con­sul­tancy spe­cial­is­ing in part-time work, and Deloitte, found that 63 per cent of full-timers now work flex­i­bly. A fur­ther nine mil­lion want to, but cur­rently can’t. Ac­cord­ing to new re­search by workspace provider

JOB: FULL-TIME ME­DIA PLAN­NER AND BUYER AT MEDIACON; IN­TER­NA­TIONAL HOCKEY PLAYER HOURS PER WEEK: 40

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