MANY workers would rather have flexible hours or time off for their birthday than a pay rise or a bonus, according to new research today.
Two out of five would prefer flexible working hours or a day off on their birthday or for Christmas shopping, to a pay rise, a survey of 1,500 adults by Kellogg’s showed.
Workers also called for a return of a proper lunch break, rather than having to eat at their desks or even attend meetings scheduled to start at 1pm.
Helen Whitten, from work-life balance organisation Positiveworks, said: "The results of this research show that Britain’s bosses need to take seriously the practical and emotional needs of their staff if they are to gain their commitment to the organisation’s continued productivity and success.
"The research shows that it’s not always about money but about achieving a better work-life balance, with the call for more flexible working hours across British businesses stronger than ever."
Women workers wanted official "gossip breaks" for non-smokers, while men were keen for an office dating service and for big sporting events such as the World Cup to be screened in offices.