The 9-to-5 Workday Could Soon Punch Out
Young workers are demanding flexibility
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 21, 2011 1:41 PM CST
Who uses these things anymore?   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Show of hands, how many people are still clocking in at 9 and out at 5 every day? Well, you might be in the minority soon. In its annual list of top trends, communications firm Euro RSCG Worldwide is predicting that “Generation Y will upend the traditional workday, as the digital generation works anywhere, anytime.” Time agrees, predicting that telecommuting and flexible schedules with strange hours could soon be the norm.

For backup, Time cites this study, which shows that young professionals demand Internet access, and another showing that some 37% of them would take a pay cut in exchange for workplace flexibility. It also points out that technology is blurring the line between home and work—thanks to email, “no one is ever out of touch or off the clock.”

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Dec 24, 2011 11:17 AM CST
Hello France. Quick....what is the famous French saying......I give up....oh...that's it.
Dec 22, 2011 12:37 PM CST
my co-worker's step-sister makes $77/hour on the internet. She has been out of work for 9 months but last month her check was $7722 just working on the internet for a few hours. Read more
Dec 22, 2011 10:10 AM CST
People should work the amount of time it takes to finish their job. If that is 30 or 60 hours a week, who cares? Let the person decide how much of their life they want to dedicate to work. If you don't like it, quit, and find a job that is more your speed. Expecting to accomplish anything meaningful in a 40 hour work week is fantasy. A couple of generations ago, people worked until the job was completed, and completed in the correct way. Now people show up to get a pay check. Most of your jobs are totally useless, go build something or fix something or invent something. Work is rewarding when you actually produce something.