Presenteeism in the Workplace Survey 2017
It’s been 200 years since the 8-hour working day was created. These days, tech enables many of us to work remotely and flexibly. So why are so many workplaces still wedded to the 9-5?

The Hoxby Collective are conducting a wide-ranging survey on presenteeism and the effects this has on productivity and happiness.

We want to create a happier, more fulfilled society through our work, and this includes researching the issues that stand in our way. Taking part in this survey will be a great contribution to our understanding and success.

Thank you for being involved. It won’t take more than a few minutes of your time...
What gender are you?

What age are you?

Have you ever been employed in a traditional workplace, defined by these three parameters?
- You commuted to your workplace.
- You had fixed working hours.
- You reported into a line manager.

How long did/have you worked in this way?

What job level are you currently / had you reached by the time you left?

Why have you not worked in this way?

Please answer the following questions with this most recent position in mind.

During each working day, on average, how many hours in total do you / did you spend commuting to AND from the workplace each day?

During each working day, on average, how much time do/did you spend on each of the following tasks? I.e. Time not spent on your core work output.

A) Socialising/talking to colleagues and/or dealing with office politics

B) Attending unnecessary meetings

C) Visiting non-work related websites e.g. Facebook, Instagram

D) Other unproductive time

Could you specify what this other unproductive time was spent doing?

Do/did you ever stay late at work to show willing, rather than because it was absolutely necessary to complete your work?


Do/did you ever engage in ‘virtual presenteeism’?

For example, responding to work emails, calls, or problems during non-working hours such as the evenings or weekends?
How often would you do so?

Is/was presenteeism (being visible at your desk during designated working hours) commonplace at your job?

How would you say this is/was manifested in the workplace?

Has working rigid hours ever adversely affected your personal or family life?

If yes, please tick all that have applied to you in the past;

Have you ever felt negatively judged for having to attend to personal commitments during working hours?

For example, leaving to look after sick child, or for a doctor’s appointment.
How was this manifested in the workplace?

Have you ever suffered from mental health issues related to working rigid hours?

Please select any issues that you feel you have experienced in relation to working rigid hours.

Did you take subsequent time off from your job due to this/these issue(s)?

Approximately how long did you take off of work?

Do you still work in a traditional workplace?

Does your employer support flexible working?

Please tell us how?

Why did you leave this job in a traditional workplace?

Before you made the decision to leave, did you request more flexible working conditions in this job?

Please tick the reasons why you didn't request more flexible conditions.

What was the response you received?

Did you worry about how requesting flexible hours would be interpreted by your company?

If so, why?

Are you currently working flexibly?

What type of flexible work do you engage in?

Do you find you are more efficient at work?

If so, why?

What are the main reasons you would say justify your lack of efficiency when working flexibly?

What are the current barriers you are facing when it comes to finding flexible work?

How much more productive do you estimate you are when working flexibly?

Has working flexibly had a positive effect on your mental health or outlook?

If so, how?

What changes do you think we’ll see to workstyles over the next 10 years?

Thank you so much for taking part in this survey.
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