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Is the 9-5 dead?

Is the 9-5 dead?

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Being a sales-oriented environment, like a lot of you, quite often we are glued to our mobile phones and can even complete 90% of our work from them. I am not suggesting we automatically switch off and avoid important emails or calls that come in after 4:30pm, just the case that it can be done from home, the beach, the shopping mall, wherever you have decent reception! Around 6 months ago we introduced ‘flexi time’ here at nVision Talent. I had noticed a lot of businesses like to say and advertise they are flexible but they have no specific policy when it comes to working outside of the office. For us It’s quite simple, start when you want and finish accordingly. For most of us here that means starting at 8am and walking out the door at 4.30pm. Sometimes it’s 7.30am and in off to the beach by 4pm. 

Considering the vast majority of small businesses use mostly Cloud based systems, I had a long hard think about the importance of physically being in the office between set hours and was struggling to justify why it’s needed. A recent study by Deloitte shows the top 3 priorities for Millennials in the workplace are as follows:

1: Pay 

2: Company Culture

3: Flexibility

 

A report from Robert Half states that by 2025, 75% of the Australian workforce will be made up by millennials who will not only want flexibility in their work life, but will expect it!  

Yes, there are exceptions of course, and specific industries would require you to be present between set hours, for example if you’re a Doctor, Fireman or flight attendant, it’s going to be quite hard to work from home. However, in white collar / corporate industries where the vast majority of work is done by computer and phone, why do you need to be in the office at 8.30/9 until at least 5/5.30pm and in many cases later?

Being a sales-oriented environment, like a lot of you, quite often we are glued to our mobile phones and can even complete 90% of our work from them. I am not suggesting we automatically switch off and avoid important emails or calls that come in after 4:30pm, just the case that it can be done from home, the beach, the shopping mall, wherever you have decent reception!

I think it’s time more businesses take notice of the shifting trends in the workplace, and if it can be done without impacting the business in a negative way, why wouldn’t you? 

Does your business have a flexi time policy? Let me know if you agree or disagree with the above, I’d love to hear what works / doesn't work.