The routine standard working hours of 9 -5pm, 5 days a week have barely changed for the majority of workers. Yes, there are a significant number of that jobs require “ungodly working hours”, but the need for flexibility is growing and millennial employers are catching on. I personally do not understand why employers are still “populising” this havoc-wrecking routine.
I did my years of the school run, rushing to work and often leaving my child in the school grounds, to the safety of another mother (the dutiful housewife). Of whom, was in definitive rush to try and get to work by 9am. Woe betide, if you turned up to work at 9.05am, as you often then encountered the “Wrath of Khan” (your manager), who incidentally is NEVER late or ill. Isn’t it ironic that some of us have actually had to call in sick just to attend your long-awaited Dr’s appointment?
But why? We are in 2018, we are in a technological age, are we not? What is the need for this sitting in on an office treadmill, doing the daily commute from hell and taking pleasure in sending emails your colleague next to you. Or even the attendance of meetings for meetings sake.
The icing on the cake, however, is when you are given remote access to the server to enable you to log in at home, but your not allowed actually work from home? However, it is acceptable to log in at 10pm to deal with emails and you spent 4 commuting to work. Or even the great rip off – Bring your own device. I loved it and thought “great, now I don’t have to carry two mobiles, I can use the work one”! So now, you are available ALL the time AND you do the 9-5pm AND your employer still does not let you work from home, finally they lock down the social media access on the phone!
I am not going to lie. I really am tired. For the last two years, I have spent sometimes 4 hours commuting daily, depending on whether the leaves decide to have a party all over railtrack. Maybe employers receive a rebate from the season ticket loans applications or the from the employee spend on the expensive food courts in the City; but with the millions spent on rent and insurance, I do not understand the need to constantly house all within a particular timeframe. For instance, if I work with the US, why am I getting in at 9am when none of them are out their beds? Why does my manager have to see me, in order to believe I am working?
Well, it might not be for long people. As, according to BBC.co.uk, ‘that’s the claim from the TUC, which is using its annual conference to call on the government to take action to help people work less but get paid the same’. This idea is possible and there are corporations that employ flexible working routines, working from home applications and even a reduction in hours. However, they are not aplenty and there is still more work to be done to change this standard routine ideology. Even the New York times ears are listening to the silenced advocates of change (the employees), to accommodate a 4-day working week (nytimes.com, 2018). Understood, there are professions were flexibility cannot always be implemented, but there are many that can offer this. With more tasks & roles being automated, coupled with the likes of Microsoft, Google and Apple fighting for the internet & business crown, the technology is there to be embraced, utilised and subsequently fed out to the employees.
I just pray employers start to loosen the clock around our necks.
Tsang, A (2018) Business four day work week, nytimes.com. Online at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/10/business/britain-four-day-workweek.html
Wearn,R (2018) BBC.co.uk. When factory work became the primary form of employment in the Western world. Online at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-45463868