The days of working strictly 9 to 5 are well over. Technology means we can work any time, anywhere, and more people are demanding a more flexible work life. Not all companies have been eager to embrace these changes, but Paul Burrin, the vice-president of Sage People, says making employees happier by allowing them to control their work schedule is good for companies, too. He has this advice: • The lines between work and home have become blurred. Many jobs that had to be done at a particular place can now be done from your kitchen table or local coffee shop. Modern work responsibilities often require staff to interact with more people in different time zones. As a result, constraints on how, where and when we work should be updated to reflect this cultural shift. •Companies are battling to attract and keep skilled employees, which means workers can be more selective, and firms offering more flexible working hours will be better at keeping their superstars. • Trusting employees to be ...

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