Research reveals the office traditions Brits want to get rid of this year!


Are you fed up of certain outdated traditions that still crop up in the workplace? Most of us have experienced frustration with this at some point, whether it’s tedious meetings, lengthy tea rounds or even the flexible working debate. In fact, new research from CV-Library has found that nearly half (42.7%) of Brits think these stuffy office traditions need to be abandoned.

The survey of over 1,200 UK professionals sought to understand what exactly are these practices that employees want to see banished, with the top ten outdated traditions emerging as follows:

9-5 working hours (53%)
Long meetings (34.6%)
Professional dress codes (30.6%)
Having to work in the office every day (29.7%)
Being made to call in when you’re sick (instead of texting or emailing) (20%)
Set lunch hours (17.8%)
Annual performance reviews (16.8%)
Set workspaces (15.9%)
Signing birthday cards for colleagues (9.5%)
Tea rounds (7.7%)

Significantly, the age of respondents heavily impacted how they felt about certain office traditions, with over two thirds (68.8%) of Brits aged 18-24 stating that 9-5 working hours were outdated, compared to less than half (44.6%) of those aged 55-64.

What’s more, four in ten (43.8%) Brits aged 55-64 felt that long meetings were outdated, compared to just over a quarter (28.1%) of those aged 18-24.

Steve Ricketts, Circle MD commented: “Here at Circle we have enjoyed flexible working since our inception back in 2003. We do try to advise our clients that remuneration package alone is increasingly not enough of an incentive to switch job".

Although one in five (20.8%) candidates believe that it’s up to businesses to decide if they want to hold onto outdated traditions, the majority (70.6%) agree that businesses need to reconsider outdated traditions in the office. If companies fail to update the way they run their workplace, 40.2% of candidates said they’d leave to join a more modern company.

Post by Jamie McMullan February 11 2019 Categories: News, Recruitment