The Death of the 9-to-5: Why We’ll All Work Flex Schedules Soon
Several months ago, I was talking to a college senior about her career plans. She wanted a job with flexible hours, and I asked why. The young woman said she wanted the freedom to take a short nap right after lunch when her energy flagged the most and the ability to work late at night when her brain was sharpest.
If I had made a comment like this when looking for my first job 16 years ago, I would have been laughed out of the room. But coming from a college student today, the request doesn’t sound all that strange.
Stegmeier Consulting’s Insight…
The infusion of the Millennial generation into the workforce has laid the groundwork for significant workplace changes to take place over the next 15 to 20 years. This article, in fact, suggests Millennials may go as far as actually abolishing the idea of a 9-5 office environment all together by the year 2030!
Seem like a radical idea? Perhaps. It certainly would be a break away from a longstanding tradition of how, when, and where Americans conduct business. Fortunately, organizations today are getting a taste of the workplace of the future by implementing or expanding flexible work arrangements and work from home programs.
Organizations should not be quick to dismiss these changes as fleeting trends or office fads. With an astounding 77% of Millennials stating flexible hours will make them more productive, it’s beyond time for employers to consider the work preferences of their people moving forward.
If your organization is seeking to implement work policies that will help attract, retain, and take advantage of the immense potential of young talent, contact Stegmeier Consulting Group.
Stegmeier Consulting Group can assist with a wide range of challenges involved in implementing a workplace change initiative. Contact us to find out how our services can help your organization.
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