The last several months have served as a reawakening for society as a whole in terms of our relationship with ourselves, our loved ones, our health and our careers.
For many, this means coming to the realization that they were working unfulfilling jobs, leading them to quit in search for something more meaningful.
Others have also come to recognize what it means to have a work arrangement that is ideal for them and how they feel about the standard 9 to 5 that has been interwoven into workplace norms.
Remote working has led workers to understand that they can accomplish (and even surpass) their work goals from anywhere, and many would prefer it that way. But why are some leaders still insistent on working the traditional schedule?
Today’s workforce is different from the 1920s, when the five-day 40-hour work week concept was created by Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford for his assembly line workers.
Now, most households feature two working parents that are struggling to balance their childcare responsibilities. Instead of being understanding, some leaders guilt parents into taking time away from work to pick their children up from school or care for them when they are sick.
In short, the 9 to 5 isn’t feasible for the average, modern-day professional. Moving forward, it will be essential for companies to ask employees what their preferred schedule is and offer them flexibility in choosing.