Will The 9-to-5 Workday Die Off?
For decades our society has embraced the Monday through Friday 9-to-5 workday . Along with these confines comes the dreaded Monday Morning, the exhausted Wednesday Hump Day and the celebratory TGIF. We rest for two days and continue the cycle again. Thankfully, with the gig economy in full force, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel for a flexible work-week.
The 9-to-5 workday is becoming a thing of the past, according to billionaire and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson. He states, “The idea of working five days a week with a two day weekend and a few weeks of holiday each year has become ingrained in society. But it wasn’t always the case, and it won’t be in the future.” The walls between work and home life are becoming blurred, and the rigidity of the 9-to-5 work day is softening tremendously. The culprit: Technology.
Technology Has Transformed The Way We Work
Technology is driving efficiency and productivity in ways we never could have imagined decades ago. It expands the workplace beyond physical walls and transfers information in seconds. But as technology progresses, the amount of jobs available for people will decrease, according to Google’s co-founder, Larry Page. As this shift begins to happen, Branson states that the marketplace could create “much smarter working practices”.
Ideally, we will begin to work smarter, not harder. But is that what we are seeing so far as this shift has already begun to take place? Not exactly.
Work Any Place, Any Time
Most employees have the ability to work from anywhere and at any hour, and they’re doing just that. In a recent study, only a third of workers reported adhering to a standard 40-hour week, and 50% say they work between 41 and 80 hours a week. The State of Enterprise Work survey says that 82% of office workers log into work outside of standard business hours and more than half log in every single day.
The pressure to put in more hours and to constantly be connected is real. As expectations rise and performance is meticulously measured, the traditional “9 to 5” workday expands.
The question is: Where does it end?
Where Do We Go From Here
It’s clear that the standard 9-to-5 workday is fading into the past. Thanks to companies like Band Of Hands, an increasing number of workers are leveraging technology to step outside of the 9-to-5 work week and find opportunities that works for them. Employees now have the ability to jump between work and the rest of their lives in an instant, but it’s important that we know when to disconnect from one and reconnect to the other. Technology is a double-edged sword. It has the ability to consume us or to help us set boundaries. It’s our responsibility to utilize it as a tool to create much smarter working practices as we continue to see the workday landscape transform.
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