Why ditching the 9 to 5 for flexible work is the right thing to do

Ask most people what their idea of the ‘daily grind’ is and chances are you’ll get two common answers back:

  1. The 9 to 5; and
  2. The daily commute.

The silly thing is that both these problems are, at best, arbitrary and outdated ideas. In 2017, we believe employers and employees alike have the power to the make these common complaints redundant too.

Let’s look and the how and why…

The 9 to 5 – a relic of a bygone age?

It’s easy enough to see how the traditional eight-hour working day or 9 to5 came about. And to be fair, it was an improvement on the 16-hour  working day that many people faced at the onset of the industrial revolution. The notion of dividing the 24 hour day into  three equal sections (work, leisure, rest) made sense.

But the industrial revolution was the best part of 200 years ago now. To think our working week should still be organised in the same way nowadays is nonsensical really.

And it seems that many people would agree too. Recent research found that 58.6% of workers believe that the 9 to 5 is now an outdated concept. The study also found that just over a third still actually worked a 9 to 5 week – and while 86.5% believe that all businesses should offer flexible working, over 70% say they still do not have the option to work from home.

Cancelling the commute is common sense

If being ‘chained to the desk’ for the same eight hours Monday to Friday isn’t bad enough, the daily grind is made even more irksome by the daily commute. Office for National Statistics (ONS) data found that the number of people who are enduring a daily commute of over two hours is growing – a whopping 3.7 million of us, in fact.

Even if you’re not unlucky enough to have to cope with a Southern Rail journey, a tube train packed like sardines, or notorious traffic black spots like the M25 or M6 (or anywhere on the motorway network!) on the commute, wherever you are in the country your commute is likely to be a frustrating as it lengthy.

Whichever way you look at it, the commute is not conducive to either setting yourself up for a productive morning at work, or an enjoyable and relaxing evening at home, is it?

Take back control

Don’t worry, this taking back control has nothing to do with Brexit! It can be all about you ditching the daily grind, waving goodbye to the 9 to 5, and welcoming a new, flexible and fulfilling way of doing things into your life.

Gone are the days when flexible working was just something that would be arranged to accommodate female staff returning to work after having children. Flexible working can now be for virtually all employees. It can take many forms too – whether it’s going part-time or working flexi-hours, to remote and agile working – from the coffee shop, co-working space or even your conservatory.

Technology means that nobody need ever be out of the office again – even if they hardly ever go near the actual office itself. Indeed, flexible workers have been proven to be the most productive workers too.

You can have a career and a life. You just need to make it happen.

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