Emperor Franz Josef still calling the shots at the Czech workplace
Czechs start work bright and early, more so than most other nations in Europe. According to a Microsoft survey just out, the majority of Czechs are at their workplace by 8 am, and most manual workers start by 6 am at the latest.
To this day, not much has changed in the Czech Republic. The government led by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš holds its sessions at 6 am with accredited journalists expected to be there an hour early. Most manual workers are at their posts by 6 am at the latest, many public sector employees start at 7 am, and 82 percent of small and medium-sized businesses have set the start of the work day at 8 am.
Only ten percent of Czech employees enjoy the luxury of a late start – for instance most employees in the banking sector start at 9am.
Opinion polls conducted on the subject show that the vast majority of employees would not welcome a shift to give them a later start, simply because they appreciate having more free time in the afternoon. People who start at 6 are usually out of the workplace by 2.30.
However, the Microsoft survey shows that particularly people living in bigger towns and cities are getting more freedom to negotiate a later start or work from home. While just two years ago 75 percent of employees of small and medium-sized companies had to be at their workplace every day, now only 39 percent are desk-bound. A quarter of employees occasionally or regularly work from home, 27 percent have the option of working in cafes or co-working centres and 14 percent are on the road.