|When you imagine a world where you don’t work 40 hours a week, does everyone else get a break too?
Wholesale changes to the 9-to-5 won’t occur in a vacuum. The job market is strong, so people won’t be waiting in the wings for all the hours of work we’re looking to shed.
While your role might be easily adjustable, that’s not the case for everyone. Some businesses will likely need to run shorter operating hours, and services might take longer (or cost a premium). Say goodbye to two-day shipping and apologies, but the gym is closing early for the foreseeable future.
I don’t bring this up as a bad thing. God knows I could wait a few more days to get the stuff I purchased on Amazon. But it’s a scenario worth considering.
Take the four-day workweek, which has gained considerable momentum over the past few years. For it to work, we’d probably need people to take their extra day off throughout the week instead of just on Fridays or Mondays.
And lest we forget the overachievers willing to stick to the 9-to-5. Like it or not, they’re bound to fall into the good graces of management and climb the corporate ladder quicker, a dynamic we’ve already seen with in-person work.
So yes, upending the 9-to-5 is possible — and worth considering — but only with a bit of sacrifice from all of us.
P.S. – If you’re now reconsidering things, here are some tips from a career expert on how to stop hating your job.