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Intel chief tells managers to "get over" 9 to 5 model

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Managers must let go of their traditional working schedules in order to attract and retain the best talent.

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Managers must let go of their traditional working schedules in order to attract and retain the best talent. This is according to Intel's chief evangelist Steve Brown, who believes flexible working hours for staff will eventually become commonplace - it's just a matter of when. The definition of an employee is, according to Mr Brown, "on the cusp of a transformation" as the modern day working environment undergoes dramatic change. A new arrangement which sees employees working flexibly judges staff on the work they do rather than the hours they keep and Mr Brown believes this can only be a good thing. "Managers are going to have to get over this, if we want to attract and maintain the best talent, we're going to have to go into that discomfort zone... and hire and fire based on results," he told bit.com.au. Mr Brown added that this transformation would not occur over night given the current stance of so many bosses, so Brits still have time to plan their garden offices and get acquainted with remote working technologies like personal.com. Although the Intel representative stated that as soon as companies get used to their new model, they won't turn back. "As people get to do it and still deliver results they will get more rope to be able to work in that model," he stated. This comes in light of Home Office data which indicated that "a large and increasing number" of professionals have left the UK over the last 20 years to further their careers. Stats from londonlovesbusiness.com show that 48 per cent of Brits emigrating from the country in 2010 came from a professional background. This was an increase from the 37 percent seen in 1991. A spokesman for the Home Office said that in order to compete with other nations, "UK companies must invest in the skills of UK workers and retain our own highly skilled workforce".

Author:

Richard Towey

8th November 2012