The 9-to-5 Workday Could Soon Punch Out

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

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.” (More Generation Y stories.)

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