Can it really be? A benefit coming out of the recession? It seems so, as the recession some claim is accelerating a change (at least in the corporate world) toward more flexible work schedules. Currently, one of five Americans works non-typical work hours (nights, weekends, rotating shifts, etc). With the recession still in force, experts say one of the results is that businesses will permit more and more employees to adapt their work hours to their own personal preference, based upon their position, and their own personal life needs.
If you are wondering how exactly the recession will do this – think about how flexible schedules have been becoming more acceptable in the past few years. Then, think about the U.S. economy – we are becoming less reliant on manufacturing (assembly line work requires everyone working at the same time), and more dependent on knowledge-based industries (law, IT, marketing, finance, etc). These knowledge-based jobs can easily be done at 4:00am, and without co-workers sitting next to you. Also, the continual globalization of the economy is making the standard start and end times to the workday much more varied – it may be 11:00 pm here, but it’s 10:00 am across the world when your customer is working.
Sounds great being able to set your own hours, right? Sure, but it’s not for everybody. Experts say only a certain type of person will thrive in this work environment. If you are a Type A personality who is focused on meeting deadlines and delivering on commitments, then this agreement is perfect. As from a management standpoint, it does require more follow up – something for managers to also consider before entering into such an agreement.
The 9-to-5 workday has gradually evolved over time – and out of the recession ashes, emerges a new workday schedule which may quickly become the norm rather than the exception. I suspect it will not be long before government jobs follow this increasingly popular trend. Thanks recession!!