Having some say in your work hours can lead to much better job satisfaction, as well as making it easier to balance work and family requirements. Unfortunately, new figures suggest that it's a less common option for Australians than it has been in the past.
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ABC News reports that new figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that 30% of workers currently negotiate their own hours. That sounds like a reasonable proportion, but three years ago the equivalent figure was 40%, a switch attributed to people being less willing to push for flexibility during difficult economic times.
Letting people set their own hours will always be a balancing act between business requirements and the need to attract workers, but I can't help thinking it shouldn't be something that two-thirds of us can't even contemplate. So I'm wondering: how many Lifehacker readers have negotiated their own hours? Is that an important requirement for your work? Do you have a formal arrangement, or do you trust your employer to be flexible when the need arises? Tell us in the comments.