Is the traditional, 9-to-5 workday going away for US employees? According to 73% of workers in the nation's capital—Washington, DC—the standard eight-hour workday is a "thing of the past," according to new research from job site CareerBuilder.
The research, released via press release on Thursday, outlines the top cities in the US where the 9-to-5 workday is seen as a relic, and one that won't come back into fashion any time soon. The top five cities where professionals held this belief were as follows:
- Washington, DC - 73%
- Boston - 68%
- Los Angeles - 68%
- New York City - 66%
- Chicago - 60%
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The average number of employees who believe the eight-hour workday is over, overall, was about 61%, the release said.
After splitting the research by age, CareerBuilder found that older, more established workers were more inclined to believe in the death of the traditional workday than younger workers.
Some 45% of workers aged 18-24 held this belief, while 59% of workers aged 25-34 did, the release said. Of the workers aged 35-44, 61% said the 9-to-5 workday was a concept stuck in the past, compared to 68% of the 45-54-year-old crowd, and 64% of workers who were 55 years old or older.
Traditional hours were considered "outdated" by 75% of those working in the leisure or hospitality industries, the report found. Some 64% of those in sales and 62% of those in IT shared this sentiment.
So, what gives? Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder, noted in the release that new technologies and company needs have changed the way people work.
"Between new technology and global workplace dynamics, companies are being tasked to implement flexible work arrangements for everyone, across cities, generations and industries," Haefner said in the release.
More than half of the surveyed workers (52%) said that they check their email outside of work, a trend no doubt made possible by the ubiquity of smartphones. Additionally, 48% of workers said they keep working, in some capacity, outside of normal working hours.
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For employees entering the workforce as it moves away from traditional scheduling, the release recommended trying to learn the rules around schedule and work hours as much as possible, so that you can plan according to company policy. Also, the release said workers should get into a routine or rhythm of when they come and go, so coworkers can know when to expect them. Finally, workers should remember to focus on their deliverables first, so that management will see their dedication to the job, even if they work nontraditional hours.
"Many companies fear that without a set schedule, employees will be distracted, not as engaged and less productive, but the opposite is often true," Haefner said in the release. "A trusting work environment breeds more-loyal employees and increases efficiency as long as there's structure around it."
Want to use this data in your next business presentation? Feel free to copy and paste these top takeaways into your next slideshow.
- On average, 61% of workers in the US believe that the 9-to-5 workday is a thing of the past. - CareerBuilder, July 2017
- 68% of employees 45-54 years old said that a traditional workday is outdated, compared to only 45% of workers aged 18-24. - CareerBuilder, July 2017
- 52% of US workers check their email outside of work, and 48% perform some kind of work outside of normal hours. - CareerBuilder, July 2017
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Conner Forrest is a Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He covers enterprise technology and is interested in the convergence of tech and culture.