Is 9-to-5 dead? Perhaps. If you’re entering the job market after years away, you may be hearing Millennials blamed for killing the old standard work day with their quest for work/life balance and flexible schedules. In reality, they’ve simply sought the flexibility that began appearing long before they hit the job market. What does the death of 9-to-5 mean to you?
With millions of young, bright, talented job candidates seeking it, flexibility is gaining momentum. As with many changes, there are costs and benefits. Flexibility requires an investment from both the employee and the organization. Companies are noticing that when they offer those flexible options, it engenders a higher level of connectivity, productivity, and loyalty in their associates. So, many firms in diverse industries are beginning to bend and stretch their old definitions and requirements.
So even if 9-5 is dead, it may be cause for a celebratory Irish wake. That Millennial momentum toward flexibility gives you, at any age, more possibilities! It’s now acceptable to ask about flex time, telecommuting, working from home, and other flexible work options. Gone are the days when simply asking “Does anyone here work from home?” would put your resume in the discard pile. Now, since so many companies DO offer those options, even if your target organization doesn’t, there’s no penalty for asking.
So if the perk at the top of your wish-list for your next position is the flexibility to support your ideal work/life balance, thank a Millennial. You now have the freedom to ask about flexibility on the job, and a greater chance of getting that perk in your next job!