The traditional workday is not dead. It was a modern illusion.
Is the 9-5 working day dead? But not for the reasons that you think. The pandemic has proven that this illusion is still present. Before lockdown, many workers couldn’t fit their work in the eight-hour time frame.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average American full-time worker worked at least 8 hours per day in 2019. This was once the norm. However, the Pandemic exposed the flaws in this system for meaningful and efficient work and leaders are looking to fix them.
Employees today want control over their work schedules and the ability to decide whether they wish to telecommute. According to PwC, more than half of employees prefer to telecommute at most three days per week when pandemic fears subside.
Mark McClain (CEO and co-founder at SailPoint) says, “If before the pandemic, the entire life of employees was not taken into consideration, now it cannot been avoided nor should it be.” “Leaders must pay attention to how employees approach their workday, even though it may mean reinventing it for their personal and professional lives.”
Many companies are still trying to figure out their post-pandemic plans. McClain has a different approach. The hybrid plan gives employees the freedom they desire.
He says that companies should treat employees like adults, and allow them to choose when they feel most comfortable. As our business evolves and our employees’ needs change, the workday changes. We have seen work and life intertwined in this new work-from anywhere environment.
It has been both a blessing as well as a curse to have work and life mixed together. Employees are more free to choose how they want to spend their time and work hours. Pandemic fatigue can lead to burnout, which in turn negatively affects productivity. White Ops CEO and Co-Founder Tamer Hassan is leading the charge in providing new benefits for employees to solve this problem.
Hassan stated that modern work culture aims to promote productivity, efficiency, and employee confidence. We are working hard to make sure that our employees’ mental health is a top priority during the pandemic. We offer telehealth therapy for all employees, and are always looking for ways to improve. We are innovative and supportive to help them keep up with the latest happenings around the globe.
Leaders are able to find creative solutions to problems while also being realistic about workers’ abilities and limits to avoid burnout.
Managers don’t have to micromanage their teams to help employees focus on the prize. Instead, they should encourage them to work towards the end goals. CEOs place importance on meaningful results.
It is the ownership of tasks and the results that matters, not the time they are recorded. Kevin Knopp, CEO of 908 Devices and co-founder, says that the rest will take care. You cannot force people to work 9-5. It is time to shift the way you approach things. People who feel they own the task perform better and are more cooperative with their colleagues. Respecting his team’s time and being open to their needs.
To empower employees, the workday is being reimagined. It is not dead because the 9-5 workday does not exist in today’s workforce. Leaders want their employees to be able to perform their jobs in a way that is convenient for them. The pandemic has brought about a new era in the workplace, and leaders are trying to make it permanent.
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