If you had the choice, would you rather a pay raise or a reduction in the amount of hours you’re expected to work each week? This isn’t a fun ice breaker, it’s actually a very real decision facing companies across the world as the labor market continues to experience a skills shortage caused by the Great Resignation.
So tight is the market right now, that a recent Gartner survey shows that a rethinking of the traditional 9-5 workplace is how companies are competing for talent.
So, is this the end of the traditional 9-5 working week?
Prior to 2020, this was the norm for the majority of workers. When asked about remote work, companies stated problems such as a lack of remote access, a need for collaboration and a concern about staff’s productivity levels if left unsupervised as reasons to keep workers in the office Monday to Friday.
Then the pandemic hit, and everything changed. Lockdown after lockdown gave us all a taste for remote working and the flexibility that comes with that, without sacrificing productivity, bottom lines or milestones.
We learned that with no office structure comes the ability to tailor our work day to a format that suits our working style, such as scheduling meetings during down-time and leaving gaps for deeper work. We discovered that with no commuting time, we were better able to create a …