Is 24/7 the new 9 to 5? When Dolly Parton first sung about working 9 to 5, a song about the procedure of working a routine job within a set amount of hours to earn a pay check, we are sure that even the country singer with the big hair and even bigger bosoms didn’t envision the rise of social media and app technology that would go on to shape the way we work in 2019.
But with more and more businesses and sectors working around the clock to provide a service to their customers, is the concept of working 9 to 5 affecting the way we work and conduct our personal lives? According to research by the Journal of Science, the demand of our working lives becoming increasingly 24-7 takes a toil on our relationships and friendships outside of the office.
With a world that is becoming more connected then ever before with the use of instant messaging services such as Skype and Slack to conduct meetings and schedule business calls, more people are now working out of hours and answering emails and client requests over the weekend, and in doing so removing the ‘9 to 5’ concept that shaped a generation of workers who clocked out of work at the end of a shift.
Start-up to burn out?
With the growth in start-up companies and entrepreneurs, it has become inevitable that workers are expected to work more hours then their contract states, with many professionals choosing to take their work home with them and complete projects over the weekend. Freelancers are especially affected by the new 24/7 working day as the pressure to always deliver within a set amount of time now becomes the new normal.
While business reap the rewards of increased productively in the workplace, for the workers who answer the work call during their time off this means a compromise in their personal life, which makes it increasingly more difficult for workers to switch off and actually enjoy their free time without thinking about work or performing additional tasks outside of the office.
But it isn’t just office workers and start-up entrepreneurs who feel the pressure to be switched on 24/7, as many workers within the retail and hospitality sector still find themselves working in the evenings and on weekends where business in crucial, with many even working round the clock and on stand-by to ensure that business needs are meet and that they can pay the rent at the end of the month.
While many workers would meet up with their friends or work colleagues after a long week in the office and drown their exhaustion down the pub, it seems that even a simple social catch up involves some form of scheduling in advance to ensure that rotas don’t clash and workers can sync their diaries for a catch-up with companions. It’s not uncommon for friends to have WhatsApp groups with messages such as ‘Is anyone free on Saturday?’ only to be met with a resounding ‘No’ due to prior work commitments.
What Get Licensed Says
While work is important to meet the demands and responsibilities of everyday life such as paying the rent, so to is the ability to switch off and prioritise your mental heath and generally well-being, and not to mention your relationships with your family and friends.
While none of us want to work a boring and unfulfilling 9 to 5 job that we hate, we should still be able to clock off and enjoy the benefits of our hard work and really take the time to smell the roses other than the lingering caffeine from the coffee machine in the office.