Historically, the workday was exactly that - a day. Employees coming into the office at 9am, going home at 5pm and not thinking about work until the next day.
However, in recent years, this notion has completely gone out the window as technology capabilities allow professionals to connect with colleagues, overseas clients and stakeholders at any time of the day.
CareerBuilder polled over 1000 employees across a number of industries including IT, sales and finance to find out whether the traditional nine-to-five is outdated. According to the results, this is the case, with 63 per cent stating that they believe this is true.
So, is this a positive?
A few years ago, the thought of workers operating outside the normal nine-to-five would mean that employees are probably overworked and stressed. This new trend could mean the opposite, as employees are working smarter rather than harder.
"Allowing employees more freedom and flexibility with their schedules can improve morale."
Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer of CareerBuilder, explained this in more detail.
"Workers want more flexibility in their schedules, and with improvements in technology that enable employees to check in at any time, from anywhere, it makes sense to allow employees to work outside the traditional nine-to-five schedule," she said in a July 23 media statement.
"Moving away from a nine-to-five work week may not be possible for some companies (yet), but if done right, allowing employees more freedom and flexibility with their schedules can improve morale, boost productivity and increase retention rates."
What are workers doing off the clock?
For businesses that are experiencing their team working longer than contractually obligated, it is interesting to examine what they are actually doing. According to CareerBuilder, 50 per cent are either checking or responding to emails while 38 per cent are completing various tasks from the day.
When this is broken into age groups, those between 45 and 54 years old are the most likely to work off the clock. The 50 per cent figure was much higher than those older than 55 years (38 per cent) and 18 to 24 years (31 per cent).
As one in 12 Australians work from home, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics in a news.com.au article, this is an idea that businesses will have to get used to over the coming months and years. As well as reducing workloads, businesses could look to technology such as teleconferencing and web conferencing for a more efficient solution.
If your team is staying late to contact overseas clients, having access to this technology will ensure it is as productive as possible.
For more information about teleconferencing or web conferencing, contact the expert team at Eureka Conferencing today.