How has the Traditional 9 – 5 Workday Changed Over Time?

 Decades have passed since the traditional 9-5 workday was established. Strive for Talent looks at how modern workplaces are evolving to fit current times. 

For years, office places and work sites have held a fairly strict structure of 9 am starts and 5 pm finishes. But today, thanks to advances in technology, communication, and automation, it’s easier than ever for employers to maximise their employees’ productivity under different work schedules that accommodate personal circumstances. In this blog, the team at Strive for Talent explore how this new trend is impacting the traditional 9-5 working schedule, and which businesses could benefit from the change.

The Benefits of Flexible Working

Flexibility in work schedules has proven to nurture diverse and inclusive workplaces, boosting both morale and loyalty, as well as retention rates of talent. If your business does not require employees to be physically present on premises – perhaps to collaborate face-to-face or handle specific equipment – then the freedom to operate off site allows them to develop a schedule that promotes better function in all aspects of their life.

Maximising Your Greatest Assets – People

Workers won’t feel empowered to reach their full potential when uncomfortable in their working environment. Many occupations, such as those within the trades sectors, will by their nature require employees to consistently be on site to perform their work. Others who simply need a laptop and internet connection to complete their obligations, and propose reasonable requests for flexible working arrangements, need not to be restrained by location and time schedules, and will better foster freedom in a way that best suits everyone.

Otherwise, quality and quantity of work are liable to drop in comparison to those that adopt this policy. People may either adopt a ‘good enough’ policy, doing only the bare minimum before hurriedly clocking out for the day, or leave the business altogether.

Forging a new path

Granted, an agile work style may not suit everyone, but going forward, it might be time to update the traditional timetable. ‘Work-life balance’ must evolve with the times, and with the new approach to flexible hours, work and life shouldn’t necessarily be considered as two separate things on the opposing ends of a scale. It’s about integration now.

Strive for Talent works with a wide range of modern companies in a variety of different industries. If you’re looking for talent that can grow and innovate with the everchanging tide of the workplace and you, contact us and start developing exceptional acquisition and retention practices today.

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