Are 9-5 Jobs Coming to an End?

Imagine working incredibly hard at school, only to get to a decent uni. Only to find a job, not your dream job, but good enough for it to be considered a career. A couple of years later, you find the love of your life, and settle down in a nice commuter town. Soon after you have children, and if you are the female in the household, the you’re at least grateful you can afford childcare, so you can soon return to work. Yet you find yourself stuck in the same old position at work, because balancing life as it is, is simply draining. Although it is nice at weekends, when you are able to spend some quality time with your children, however you do notice that your husband is becoming increasingly distant. Five years on, you two finally divorce, and while your husband says he is willing to take equal care of the children, you soon learn that by that he means have them round say once a month ffor a sleepover…

So I am guessing this may not be the life you want, but least it offers some kind of stability. But come on, we all know it is far away from the dream.

Some Background info

For a start, the 9-5 job can absorb so much of our time and energy. Nevertheless the 8 hour day was actually a reform made by the US government, which was regulated under the Fair Labor Standards Act which still stands today. Only after years of campaigning for, while the idea initially stemmed from British socialist, Robert Owen, who argued about the importance of protecting the worker’s well being.

Yet we have moved on from this time period. Perhaps it would be nice if every worker actually felt valued as an important member of a team. But sadly this is rare. So instead the only real thing you can do to acquire more freedom would be to start from scratch on your own. Maybe as a freelancer, or as a creator of something bigger. Thinking you would be better off as you no longer have to work pointlessly long hours. But in reality, most entrepreneurs have to put in far more hours, just to keep the business ticking along.

Feminism and Entrepreneurship

Is working super hard, acquiring success and balancing 101 things at once the strongest force of feminism out there? One of this year’s Superbowl commercials featured uninspired people at an uninspiring office job, but then just as the clock turned 5pm, all came to life. The glum offices, turned into a rush of colour, movement and glam. Yet while I may be reading too much into this, it does suggest too much of the focus on mainstream feminism is on output.

“But it’s Boring”

Most would agree that working hard on repetitive tasks, in a stuffy office for the largest chunk of our lives, is pretty boring. Because then what happens to any kinds of dreams of travelling, creating, or just having a little bit of freedom to actually find or create yourself. This way, the only way to enable us to potentially have these dreams is by working in a job that we really want to be doing, and if this means creating it yourself, then so be it. But from reading comments from forums (again), I got the impression that those knocking the 9-5 job, didn’t necessarily realise the obstacles which come with this.

But What’s the Alternative?

I also noticed a common pattern in that while those who did work a 9-5 job wished they didn’t, those who didn’t work 9-5 jobs, wish they did. And it is not surprising, considering the funny hours which come with other jobs. Once again, when someone runs their own business, they would usually have to be putting 9-5 hours anyway, not to mention any other hours they may be having to do.

So is it Worth it

There are always going to be creatives out there, while the classic office hours are likely to become less common place, partly thanks to technology and partly thanks to covid… But it is important to be more resistant to the pressure out there that encourages people to be entrepreneurs for the sake of it, not to mention that workers, in what ever industry, really ought to be valued more than what they are currently.

Sources:

Is it the end of the 9 to 5 working day? – BBC News

20 Reasons Why a 9 to 5 Job Sucks | Lane Goodwin

Why do people hate 9 to 5 jobs? – Quora

Why Working 9 to 5 Is Not Ideal to Make a Living Today (lifehack.org)

5 Reasons Why the 9-5 Job No Longer Makes Sense (2021) | Wealthy Gorilla

4 Signs a 9-to-5 Job Isn’t Right for You | The Muse

The 9-to-5 workday isn’t just hated—it’s obsolete — Quartz at Work (qz.com)

7 Ways Millennials Are Preparing to Quit the 9-to-5 to Be Their Own Boss | Inc.com

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20 thoughts on “Are 9-5 Jobs Coming to an End?

  1. This is a great thought provoking post. I think you hit the nail on the head with the word value. I believe this is why many are becoming increasingly disinterested in working for big corporations. As far as I’m aware 9 to 5 doesn’t really exist anymore. It’s more like 9 to 9. Even if it’s written into the contract my understanding from many friends who work in finance is leaving work at 5 everyday would be career suicide. Not to mention the advent of smart phones. Now companies have you by the balls outside of work as-well. Quite literally because our “computers” are in our pockets. If you can find a big company that actually honours your contract – that’s isn’t seeking to erode it over time – that’s rare (at least in this part of the world). I think more people will turn towards entrepreneurship so long as this trend continues. Of course there are pros and cons to both and every company is different. Still the idea of working on my own terms is increasingly attractive to me, even if that means working more for less! Great blog by the way. Wishing you well, AP2 🙏

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    1. Thankyou for taking the time to read and comment. I think you are right in saying that 9-5 jobs have become increasingly difficult in recent years, thanks to technology, and I compleately understand why someone may want to move toward working for themselves instead. However it is important, I think, to recognise that that isn’t easy either.

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      1. I completely agree. To take a more balanced view – there are pros to working a 9 to 5 job. You know where you stand. You show up, do your job and then go home. Routine is big draw. Something you appreciate a lot more as you get older! And I think for the right company – one in which you feel valued – 9 to 5 can be a fantastic thing. It’s just that seems to becoming more rare nowadays. But as you say, we should be careful what we wish for. Making it on your own is no picnic. Throw in family commitments and everything else… I think I probably like the idea of it more than anything else. Reality is rarely what we expect of course. Thanks for conversing. I enjoy the topic you’ve raised 🙏

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  2. ❤ The Grass is Always Greener until We Realise it isn’t; there is NEVER!!! SomeThing for NoThing EveryOne…so if YOU!!! Really Desire SomeThing Be Prepared to Sacrifice, Suffer, Lose and Let Go to Create The Space for YOUR!!! Dream to Seed, Take Root and Grow in Ways YOU!!! NEVER!!! Expected in Any of YOUR!!! Wildest Dreams and Totally Exceeding ALL of YOUR!!! Imposed, PreConceived Expectations; a Good Start is Switching Focus Away from Money, Materialism and Other Peoples Idea of an Ideal, Dream Life

    …💛💙💚…

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  3. I honestly think for big corporates (where it is possible) – a fixed work window of 8/9hrs should be enforced. But that work window should be as per the person’s convenience. If someone prefers a 7AM-3PM, they should be able to do that or if someone prefers a 1PM-10PM.. as long as the team can meet together for an hour or two everyday to have meetings. Also 9-5 is great in the sense that it puts an end to the work day and if you are working longer people know that you’re extending yourself.
    But I do get that in startups, your own business, 9-5 is just a dream because the work required is THAT much more.

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    1. I agree, although there may still be some issues with the fixed window, as many are likely to feel obliged to work more hours outside of their proposed hours. While it is definitely true that the work day is going to be much longer to start with, when stetting up a business.

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  4. I think there’s definitely something to be said for stability, although it may not be what everyone is looking for. One job I worked at had a 9-day fortnight schedule, so each day was a little longer and then everyone had either every other Monday or every other Friday. I thought that was a great schedule.

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  5. 9-5 is a myth for most people, especially when everything is always ‘on’. While there have always been debates to give people flexibility to work per their choice, it was also boo-ed down since the bosses couldn’t be sure whether the slaves would work or frolic away. With the pandemic, it looks like everyone is rethinking the 9-5 job model. Granted, the concept must still exist for some job families, but for the majority that do not work based on arbitrary times decided as ‘working hours’, and instead simply put in the time as needed, flexibility in working will be a boon.

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