Why the 9 to 5 Work Day Is Fading

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 07-30-2015 Email

With technology comes empowerment. And, in the case of CIOs and their teams, that empowerment often translates to the ability to self-determine work hours, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. The vast majority of workers, in fact, consider the concept of the 9 to 5 workday as pretty much dead, findings reveal, as they exercise a significant degree of autonomy as to when the job gets done. But this freedom arrives at a cost: Most professionals are constantly checking office emails, even when attempting to enjoy quality time with family and friends. In addition, they're often thinking about work from the time they wake up to the time they go to bed. (Sound familiar?) However, such accountability remains a personal choice, they insist, as opposed to a forced-upon duty. "Workers want more flexibility in their schedules," said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer of CareerBuilder, "and with improvements in technology that enable employees to check in at any time, from anywhere, it makes sense to allow employees to work outside the traditional nine-to-five schedule. Moving away from a nine-to-five work week may not be possible for some companies (yet), but if done right, allowing employees more freedom and flexibility with their schedules can improve morale, boost productivity and increase retention rates." More than 1,075 U.S. employees took part in the research, which was conducted by Harris Poll.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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