Updated: Jan 11
What would have been their reaction had our ancestors been told something like this a thousand years ago? You will get up early every morning and go to some large and small houses in groups, do some things in those houses until dark in the evening, then leave there in groups again and do the same things the next day, and you will continue to do this for the rest of your life. Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? Here is your life!
If you google who came up with working 9 to 5, the answer is Henry Ford. Now you can thank him or curse him. But if Henry Ford hadn't swayed millions with this idea (how it happened is unknown), someone else would indeed have come up with the same idea because industrialization requires it. But everything has an end, right? 9 to 5 (mostly more) working pattern is about to die. Maybe not in the next five years, but in the not-too-distant future.
The flexible or remote working models that emerged due to the pandemic demonstrated to employees and business owners that this is not something to be feared or avoided and is more beneficial in the short and long term than the traditional working model. While the company's expenses, such as energy, heating, rent, and even coffee, were eliminated, employees were liberated from morning traffic, the fear of being late for work, and the time wasted in meetings that lasted 2 hours for an issue that could be resolved over the phone in two minutes.
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Perhaps it was because Henry Ford was incorrect, but for some reason, the 9-5 schedule that the entire world embraced could not be understood that people as different from robots. Every individual is unique. Every individual uniquely demonstrates their abilities and productivity. This is why personalized learning models are becoming increasingly popular. As technology advanced, it became clear that flexibility improves focus and productivity.
"Working 9-to-5 Is An Antiquated Relic From The Past And Should Be Stopped Right Now," writes Forbes writer Jack Kelly.
It is impossible to disagree with this viewpoint. Some people spend more than 3-4 hours a day in traffic commuting to work; coming home tired and throwing themself into bed is like a primitive joke in the age of technology. That can't be real life. This inaccuracy has reached such an understandable level that, particularly in Europe, flexible, four-day-a-week working models are being discussed.
Those offices! A lot of time is wasted in those offices! Coffee and gossip breaks, lunch, more coffee and gossip, and sometimes endless meetings to hear someone's ego! These meetings are now held online, focusing on the real issue. Conversations like 'let's order dessert' start at 4; after that, counting the minutes begin, and your shift never ends at 5. Most employees fear leaving the office on time, so others join them, and the fear empire grows.
Let's take a look at it from the perspective of the bosses. The world has grown so accustomed to traditional office work that a new model has terrified executives. They believed that if people went home or worked in a cafe or by the sea, they would be unable to do their jobs. However, it quickly became clear that this was not the case. With the pandemic, companies like Google and Amazon have doubled or even tripled their profits. Employees were discovered to be more productive and hardworking than usual. All chains had now been broken. Now, the entire business world is preparing to plan for the future and even to be more flexible.
Let's look at the next generation. They have no idea what it's like to be stuck in an office from 9 to 5. They want to be free because they see how their parents work and realize it's not a livable life. Even if you wanted to, you can't impose this ancient way of working on them. Old minds must evolve. Human resources are developing new models and conducting tests for a more personalized way of working. One person works well in the morning, another in the afternoon, and yet another at night. These distinctions will now determine business life and the functioning of societies. Employees no longer keep up with their bosses, but the bosses will keep up with them.
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