6 Minute English - Flexible working

Is there a stigma attached to not wanting to work the 9-to-5 shift?

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Hello, this is 6 Minute English from BBC. Learning English on Georgina Work Week sitting at a desk all day and then going home. Now, it's not always like that office. What doesn't have to be such a routine? The usual fix way of doing things. It is much more flexible these space.

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That's true during the pandemic. We've all had to have a more flexible approach to look. But that was an opportunity to work flexibly and we'll be discussing that scene Sonia. I know you work very hard but according to data from the organization for economic cooperation and development oecd workers from which country was the longest Alice, is it a South Korea? Be Germany or C New Mexico.

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Well, as I'm not on the list, let's go. A Mexico. Okay. Now we'll find out if that's right at the end of the program, but let's talk more about flexible working now. Different countries have different laws about working flexibly, but here in the UK for the last 14 years, employees workers have had the right to request flexible. Working the what does it mean to work? Flexibly? Sarah Jackson is a workplace, consulted and visiting professor at Cranfield University, School of Management. She spoke to BBC Radio 4, the woman's how a program about what it means. Exactly.

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Because of the pandemic. Now everybody thinks that's what working means working from home. It doesn't Common Sense. What is the drug needs in terms of when where, how long do you need your family need? And how did the to match the flexibility? Really means having some choice and control over when where and how long you are and agreeing out with your manager.

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So flexible working is not just working from home something. We've got used to, during the pandemic, it is about common sense using our judgment to make sensible decisions relating to work for 2 hours. A day is not sensible. The being able to work from 12 until 8 instead of 9 to 5. Might be, of course, this depends on the needs of the business and is Sarah said you need to match your needs with that. If the business match, him means to work equally on both sides of him or her, and that can be difficult. If your manager is inflexible, not willing to change an employee has a right to request flexible working and this must be considered by the employer. This little initially was just the parents of the child younger than 6 years olds or a disabled child less than 18.

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Like to request flexible working and that includes man, which is important to have the request for flexible working accepted. Let's find out why

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men when they do awesome Alexa to get undone. So there's a real bias there in the system as it. What the most important thing that needs to happen here. I think his employees to really act. So please stop saying to them. Then we know you want to be at your father's cuz there's a whole generation of young men who do want to be out till father's. Please use the right to request, flexible working well because until Manor enable speak to Father. We won't get it.

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Okay, so men are more likely to have their request turned down or checked it on. Sarah says, there is a bus in the system on furnace. Treating one group of people more favorably than enough and this is unfair because it can prevent some men being active, father's actually being involved with child care, but having more active in the workplace, it sounds like something that needs to be looked at. But now now let's get the answer to my question, according to official data and which country to work is work the longest hours. And I said Mexico, which is correct, well done. According to the oecd, the average Mexican spent $2,255 at what is the equivalent of around 43 hours per week. Was on the other hand clock out the fewest hours?

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Starting with routine, the usual fixed way of doing things. When you need something to match has to work, equally on both sides and when someone is inflexible, they are unwilling to change. Sometimes we say they wouldn't budge leaving another and being active with something means being involved with it. We have plenty of programs to enjoy on our website at BBC, learning English. Come and check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram app to download for free from the App Stores. We help you learn English on the blue Grandma vocabulary. Interesting topics. We have them all

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