Work hard, play hard will be the life quote of every student this time. In study after study, and interview after interview, the trend that just keeps coming up is workplace flexibility. It’s such a big trend that it affects us all in some way. Everybody has the feeling to achieve something and you need to invest in it.
This time we live in a life where flexibility is more important than ever. Globalization provokes the digitalization and made it a 24-hour economy. Technology ensures that everything will be faster and faster. We have no more time to have some personal time so the flexibility will decrease. We have to work at home and feeling the needs to answer all of your e-mails these days.
At first, we work more hours per week now, there is no longer such a thing as a 40-hour workweek. Research found out that 64% of managers expect their employees to be reachable outside of the office on their personal time. As a result, that more than half of workers feel burned out. With the rise of globalization and new technology tools, workers are demanding flexibility. Research also tells us that 67% of HR professionals think that their employees have a balanced work-life, yet almost half of employees feel that they don’t have enough time to do personal activities. Employees having at least a night of 6 hours sleep, that’s way below the standard of 8. The difference between day and night will disappear.
Technology may be to blame for the amount of work performed outside of the office: 65% of employees say that their manager expects them to be reachable outside of the office, 9% by email, 23% by phone and 33% by email and phone. From the HR perspective, 64% expect their employees to be reachable outside of the office on their personal time, 18% by email, 3% by phone and 26% by both email and phone. There saying employees have a sleep of 6,5 hour instead of the norm of 8. That will say working people sleeps below the standard they need. Employees are working longer days, and about a quarter of them regularly work after the standard workday is done. Furthermore, about four out of 10 work on weekends at least once a month. Breaks are becoming rare as well – about half of employees feel like they cannot get up for a break at all, and just under half eat lunch at their desk. This megatrend makes a big impact on the rest of our life. People are doing that much because they’re feeling the need to work that hard to improve themselves for their bosses. If I am not answering this e-mail yet, maybe they will think I am not taking it that serious? Previous research wasn’t showing what people assume to be true – that greater flexibility leads to overall more satisfaction,” says Scott Schieman, a sociology professor at the University of Toronto. “There’s this real experiential side where people say, ‘I don’t seem to be benefiting from schedule control(H. Villarica, 2010).
In the future flexibility will be less or stay stable. There has to be a solution to divide work and personal time. Burnouts will get an increase so there has to be a way to fix the problem of overworking employees. For now, is there a good perspective for your own personal time? Or should we give it up for a good future?
By Sanne van Eeuwijk, 1657485
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