Why the 9 to 5 Work Day Is Fading

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 07-30-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Why the 9 to 5 Work Day Is Fading

    Allowing employees more freedom and flexibility with their schedules can improve morale, boost productivity and increase retention rates.
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    Antiquated Notion

    63% of surveyed U.S. workers believe the concept of working 9 to 5 is outdated.
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    Overtime

    38% of those surveyed continue to work outside of office hours.
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    50% check or respond to work emails outside of work, and 24% do so while participating in activities with family and friends.
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    Self-Driven

    62% said they personally choose to stay connected to the office outside of traditional hours, as opposed to feeling obligated to do so.
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    42% said work is the first thing they think about when they wake up, and 20% said it's the last thing they think about before they go to bed.
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    17% said they have a difficult time enjoying leisure activities because they're thinking about work.
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    44% of male workers will work outside of office hours, compared to 32% of women.
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    59% of male employees will check or respond to work emails outside of normal hours, as opposed to 42% of female professionals.
 

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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