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Like flexi-hours? Scandinavia rocks

Want a flexible work schedule? Look for a job in Finland and Sweden and avoid countries such as Japan, Greece and Armenia.

business Updated: Jun 09, 2011 21:43 IST

Want a flexible work schedule? Look for a job in Finland and Sweden and avoid countries such as Japan, Greece and Armenia.

According to a study by Grant Thornton International, 92% of companies surveyed around the world rated Finland as the country which provides the maximum flexibility at work.

Sweden came second with 86%, followed by Australia with 85%. Thailand is the only Asian country which made it into the top 10, with 85% of firms offering flexible work arrangements.

According to human resource experts, the companies which provide the option of flexible work hours to employees perform better than their counterparts with regular 9-5 jobs.

The survey conducted among more than 7,700 businesses in 39 countries found "Finland, Sweden and Australia as the countries with the highest percentage of companies offering flexible work arrangements, while Japan, Greece and Armenia were the lowest."

Other countries which provide flexible working hours are New Zealand, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the UK, the US and Ireland.

The countries that showed the least amount of flexibility in work arrangements were Japan, Greece and Armenia. Only 18% of Japanese companies permit these kind of work schedules. Greece was second with 26% and Armenia has 35%.

Apart from Japan, three other Asian countries —Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan —also featured in the list as among the countries with the least amount of flexibility in work.