I read this blog post last week about the shift from the traditional 9-5 working culture to that of a 7-9 and it wasn’t until now that it processed enough to think about it properly.
The digital age has brought with it continuous connectivity and as a result a presumed expectation that regardless of location, time or state of mind, we are able to be involved in and prepared to work erroneously for our employers – be that your company or your client.
The millennial, research tells us, will not put up with working if sais millennial does not feel it is fulfilling a series of needs, perhaps more complex than those of previous generations. I wonder then if the millennial will continue to work as the current trends are indicating 7-9, or if the millennial will say ‘enough is enough’?
With a 7-9 culture should come increased flexibility of working pattern, rather than a prolonged intensity of working pattern.
It would appear that this is not the case.
In the post 2008-2009 recession period, we are still extremely aware that there is a scarcity of job opportunities and that employment is a bit of a blessing. Does this mean however that the current millennial working population are more willing to put aside their generally accepted behaviour, or are they widely adopting the new working patterns because they enjoy it?
Is there also perhaps a feeling of panic that if you do complain about the hours you are working, the pervasiveness of degrees means anyone can replace you, be trained up and instantaneously disregard you, tainting your record as the perfect employee?
Or does the blame lie at the top with a Thatcherite age group dominating managerial roles who see the shift as the perfect opportunity to increase productivity levels and thus profits?
I am all for the digitisation of working practice, but with this comes a greater need to separate work and life.
Perhaps the millennial needs to take a look at itself and decide where it stands.
What do you think?