Transitioning From The 9-5 Workday

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in ComLead, Organizational Leadership

There has been a lot of talk about the so-called death of the 40-hour work week. While some people probably find this to be tragic, this is not another obituary for the 9-5, five days a week schedule. Rather it is a little insight as to why that work week may have reached an end.

It isn’t that people spend less time working now, in fact it is that people seem to never stop working. With the constant connection to just about anything that is technology, workers can work from home, vacation, school, and so on and so forth. You don’t need to wait until Monday to respond to your emails, you can just answer immediately throughout the weekend. Likewise, overtime is practically expected in many positions. If you’re not working overtime at one position then odds are that you are working some extra shifts at another one. For many it is simply that they just can’t afford to live off of their normally scheduled salary, and need that extra bonus to make it through with the increasing cost of living. For others they may just simply be bored.

But are these people working just as hard during the week if they are working from home as well? That seems to just depend on the person more than anything. With cell phones there is definitely more distractions at work that delay deadlines and finish times. But work still manages to get done, just more of it. If you can finish more in a week then is there really anything wrong with that? One might suppose the only issue would be whether you get paid for that extra time and the fact that that time takes away from your personal life.

So some advice? Take it back a few years and save those emails for Monday morning. Mondays are boring enough as it is so why not just spend the morning catching up on your responses?
Likewise, if you like to work from home then find a solution so that you can work out a better schedule for yourself. Maybe have Fridays be the “work from home” day, or take Fridays off and allow Saturdays to be the work day for you. Not every job is this flexible of course but a little negotiation can go a long way and can benefit you in the long run.

Devon Bradley, M.S. Communication & Leadership ’19

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