The traditional 9-5 work day came to be on June 25, 1868… 149 years ago… We haven’t adjusted it in 149 years. Just to put that in perspective for you, here are some of the things that have happened in that time.
1) the invention of automobiles
2) the invention of the light bulb
3) the invention of the aeroplane
4) the invention of the x-ray machine
All groundbreaking inventions, yet we continue going to work every morning at 9 and clocking out at 5. It’s time to take control of our lives again and escape the outdated 9-5.
1. Productivity has increased 10x with the technological revolution
One invention that was intentionally left out up above is one of the most powerful of all. The internet. The internet allows us to have all the information we need at our fingertips. With the stroke of a keyboard, you can learn what the weather is like on the other side of the world.
Because of the technological revolution, productivity has increased 10 fold. It is an unfortunate reality, but for the first time in history, we are actually being punished for being too good at our jobs. Work that used to take ten hours can now be done in two.
So why should employees be forced to sit at their desk and surf the web for the rest of the day when their work is done? The simple answer is, they shouldn’t.
2. People are fed up with feeling like someone else is in control of their time
Baby Boomers, what gives? Why were you so willing to just sit back and leave it up to someone else to determine your schedule? The answer is simple, it’s all you’ve ever known.
Let me give you a scenario
What would be more disheartening, being born blind, or experiencing an accident when you were 25 that left you blind?
Obviously, the latter. You once had the ability to see and in an instant that was taken from you.
Before the development of the internet, it was extremely important to be in the office. It was the only way to interact with your coworkers face to face. Now we have Skype, Facetime, and every business person has a smartphone attached to their hip. The office environment, for many businesses, is becoming obsolete.
3. Remote work is more accessible than ever
How do you retain good employees? Treat them like they are good employees. Give them freedom. If any talented employee wanted to leave their 9-5, they could find a new position at the drop of a hat. This should worry those of you with an old-school mindset.
For many companies, it isn’t about having an office/team environment anymore. This is about old-school managers lacking trust and needing to feel the power of control over their team..
How do you expect to build a good team if the pillar of a good team, trust, isn’t in the equation? It’s impossible.
The internet has given us the ability to streamline many of our jobs. We are able to outsource a lot of the work that used to take days and it can now be completed in minutes. Millennials have been smart enough to use that to their advantage.
You know the phrase “work smarter not harder”? Well, we have been able to master it, and that doesn’t sit well with many old-school managers. Millennials have been tagged as “lazy” amongst many other negative things. It often times looks like we have nothing to work on, but it’s actually on the contrary. We have gotten so good at our jobs that we are able to complete eight hours worth of work in two.
If you ask most Millennial’s what they want in a career their number one and two answers will most likely be
Meaning they want to control their schedules, and they want to feel like they’re making a difference.
How has it taken this long to get here? Because people fear change.
149 years is a very long time to be doing something the same way. Have the courage to challenge the status quo. It has been ground into our heads that upon graduating college we go and get a 9-5 that has benefits and do that for the next 40 years of our lives until we are finally able to retire.
The problem with that is, if you’re used to being productive for 8-10 hours per day for 40 years of your life, you’re not just going to be able to flip that switch off and sit around living the “easy life.” As a matter of fact, I’ll give you two months before you find a part time job to occupy your time. Think I’m wrong? Go ask a retired person right now.
It is my prediction that in the next 20 years the average work day will be around 4 hours rather than 8. Also, people are not going to care as much about their pay, but rather their freedom to work remotely, having the ability to travel the world all while “on the clock.” Of course, these are all predictions but mark my words, the 9-5 will die sooner than later thanks to us “lazy” Millennials.
1 way to keep your business from dying with it
Don’t fear change, rather, be the driver of it. If you jump in at the ground floor, you immediately look like an expert at forecasting business trends, which in turns gives you more credibility amongst your peers. Get ahead of the curve and anticipate this change rather than waiting until it’s a last-ditch option to keep your business afloat.