Is the traditional ‘9 to 5’ workday an outdated concept?
HR professionals everywhere are tasked with monitoring their levels of employee retention and productivity, as this helps them keep tabs on the capability and profit potential of their businesses. The more work people do, the more their companies can earn.
However, there’s a complicating factor in the modern era – it’s impossible to assess workforce productivity simply by counting up the tasks that people complete between the standard business hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. These days, employees don’t necessarily operate that way.
According to Staffing Industry Analysts, there’s reason to believe that the traditional eight-hour workday could be on its way out. The news source published the results of a survey, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder, which took the pulse of 1,078 employees in the IT, financial services, sales and professional and business services industries – sectors you would typically expect to have people working 9-to-5 schedules.
The result was that few of them actually did so. The survey revealed that 63 percent of workers, across a broad cross-section of these industries, agreed that working 9 to 5 is an “outdated concept.” Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder, told the news source that this is unsurprising given the mindset of the modern employee.
“Workers want more flexibility in their schedules, 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,” Haefner said.
Pushing the boundaries of “9 to 5”
Employees these days are showing a growing willingness to complete tasks after hours. Over 50 percent of those surveyed said they now check and respond to work emails outside of 9 to 5, and 24 percent even do so during activities with their families and friends. “Free time” just doesn’t exist anymore the way it once did.
Men and women both taking part
It’s not just men who have this obsessive, “work all the time” mentality – both genders are getting swept up in it. Among male employees, 44 percent work outside of 9 to 5, while among their female counterparts, it’s 32 percent. This gap is likely to close as men and women move closer to equality in the workplace.
Some surprising age trends
You might think it’s only younger employees working outside of traditional hours, since they have the technology to do so, but you’d be wrong. As a matter of fact, older employees are more active – only 31 percent of people between 18 and 24 are working late, while 50 percent of those between 45 and 54 are doing so.
Mobile technology makes it all possible
As more and more employees move toward this more flexible work mode, mobile technology will only increase in importance. Mobile devices, along with the applications that use them, are changing the paradigm for work worldwide. For example, with modern Human Capital Management software, employees today can manage their schedules and complete key tasks from anywhere, whether in the office or on the road.
Learn how you can empower your employees with real-time visibility and control of their work life anytime and anywhere with Dayforce Mobile.