What, where, when, who and WHY are we restricted to work these hours?
So, let’s set the scene! Dolly Parton, the queen of Country once said, “9 to 5, for service and devotion. You would think that I would deserve a fat promotion. Want to move ahead but the boss won’t seem to let me. I swear sometimes that man is out to get me…”. PS that was back in 1980!
Is 9-5 a thing of the past? Well we think so, according to studies only a staggering 6% of those employed work these dated, old fashioned hours. Technology is moving at the speed of light; job searching is quicker and easier than ever. Scrap the historic hand delivery of CVs- upload your CV to a job board website and let the recruiters do the rest of the work for you and yes, it’s the same if not easier for employers! Sit back and let the recruiters find you your perfect match!
From Student to Employee
Now, let’s talk about who these traditional hours are targeted towards. Scenario one; you have graduated your 3rd year Uni (congrats … or congrats are in order). You’ve been working in the local bar and now need to find yourself a full-time job. First port of call is finding yourself a role that allows social time for you; 9-5 seems ideal compared to the dreary old evening shifts. Of course, your hobbies will be put on the back burner, unless you don’t mind queuing for the equipment at the gym during peak hour…
Work Life Balance
Next stage of your life; introducing the infamous school run. Let me guess, the latter days of queueing in the gym were the least of your worries compared to now looking after two little ones and a four-legged friend. So, a few times a week you’re 5 or 10 minutes late for work- but who’s counting, you’ll make the hours up and all is fair? Not quite, many employers don’t allow for flexible working hours. Who decided rigid working hours were a good idea? Anyone? Many employers take the “don’t fix it if it ain’t broke” approach. Stop right there! Let’s fix this before we lose our best employees!
I used to work at a company called Laird Assessors. Here I was surrounded with a company with cracking culture, fresh new approaches to pretty much everything and finally flexibility. (Oh, did I forget to mention they’re a dog friendly office!). Let’s get back on topic, Nik Ellis, Laird Assessors director broke the tradition of 9-5 shifts and was willing to offer staff much more flexibility around their working day. Need to take the kids to school? Sure! All work is done by 3pm on a Friday? Great work guys, get off early… or even better go and grab a few beers! Nik’s ethos is to “get sh*t done”. As an employee I then had the mentality of, if I can get everything done even if its half an hour early, it’s still an early dart!
Quit The 9 to 5
The moral of the story, quit the 9-5 hours just to fit in with what everyone else is doing.
We all want motivated staff, after all motivated = increased productivity. This could work in everyone’s favour! Try out something new, speak to your staff find out what works for them too! You never know you could have a star in the making… Let’s get them shining!