Dont Move to Japan, Greece or Armenia If You Want Flexible Work Schedule

Grant Thornton International recently reported the countries of Finland, Sweden, Australia, and Thailand offer some of the best work schedules, while places like Japan, Greece, and Armenia offer tougher scheduling.
A global survey of more than 7,700 businesses in 39 countries reports Finland to be the country with the highest percentage – 92 percent – of companies offering flexible work arrangements in the past year. Sweden placed second with 86 percent of companies offering employees flexibility, while Australia and Thailand tied for third place with 85 percent. (WCxKit)
The top 10 countries for flexible work were rounded out by New Zealand (84 percent), the Netherlands (82 percent), Switzerland (80 percent), the United Kingdom (79 percent), the United States (79 percent) and Ireland (77 percent).
On the other side of things, the survey reports that Japan had the lowest percentage of companies offering flexible work last year at just 18 percent.
The list of 10 countries with lowest percentage of companies providing flexible work arrangements includes: (WCxKit)
1.      Japan (18 percent)
2.      Greece (26 percent)
3.      Armenia (35 percent)
4.      Malaysia (39 percent)
5.      Turkey (44 percent)
6.      Poland (47 percent)
7.      Taiwan (49 percent)
8.      United Arab Emirates (49 percent)
9.      Russia (50 percent)
10. Singapore (50 percent)
The research was carried out primarily by telephone interview with the exception of Japan (postal), Philippines and Armenia (face-to-face), mainland China and India (mixture of face-to-face and telephone) where cultural differences dictate a tailored approach. Telephone interviews enable Grant Thornton International to conduct the exact number of recommended interviews and to be certain that the most appropriate individuals are interviewed in an organization which meets the profile criteria.

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