The doom of the 9-5 work model gives rise to healthier employment practices

  • Home
  • Articles
  • The doom of the 9-5 work model gives rise to healthier employment practices

Gone are the days where employee productivity is expected to transpire between 9am and 5pm. We live in a world where companies are slowly allowing some flexibility and liberty in the workplace. We’re shifting away from “I hate my job” to “I can make this work for me.”

More and more companies are allowing their employees to work at their own pace at a schedule of their choosing. 

And as businesses continue to adapt to a post-pandemic world, this flexibility is likely to become more common in certain fields, argues Alexa von Tobel, founder and managing partner of Inspired Capital, a venture capital firm. 

She envisions some computer-based teams being able to work asynchronously for many of their tasks, logging on to work on projects when convenient, no matter where they are located in the world. But offering even a little flexibility with when employees are expected to do their work can be a major benefit to their overall job satisfaction—and their productivity.

“We’re all wired differently,” says von Tobel. “Some people are morning people, some are night people. Some need quiet, some need energy. Now there is more of an opt-in, choose-your-own-work-style, rather than everyone having to sit in a bright office.”

Of course there is no one-size-fit-all answer to all the conundrum about flexible work. But at least for some professional and skilled office workers in fields like tech, public relations, and consulting, experts argue that it doesn’t make sense to be chained to a desk from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, especially if their companies are embracing remote or hybrid work policies. 

Offering flexibility to employees has its benefits. Employees may be able to adhere to a better sleep schedule, work when they are most productive, and feel like they have control over their own time, instead of being at the mercy of their manager. Von Tobel says flexible arrangements would be particularly powerful for parents and caretakers.

Von Tobel, however, stressed that it is important not to fall into the flexibility trap. Flexible work schedules have the tendency to require employees to work beyond their work hours. Many people can finish their assigned work in less than eight hours; in a flexible arrangement, they might be given more work, rather than fewer hours.

Dawna Ballard, a professor at the University of Texas says instituting a “results-only” work environment and limiting meetings on certain days, for example, would help companies make the shift to successful flexible time arrangements.

Read more here. 

Start your
journey today

  • Independent
  • Secure
  • Transparent

Access fantastic talent at world-leading prices

Scale your business fast while reducing costs —
the average all-in employment costs in the
Philippines are typically 70% less than its
Western counterparts

Philippines United Kingdom Australia United States
Software Developer
HR Manager
Team Leader
Copy Writer
Customer Service
Virtual Assistance
Select a role to view salaries
Philippines $7,221
United Kingdom $39,913
Australia $62,653
United States $81,994

Avoid guesswork. Talk to the experts, free.

Get 3 free quotes

You can save 70% on staff costs, whilst driving quality & growth. Connect with an outsourcing expert to see how outsourcing can transform your business.

Why choose us?
  • Independent and unrivalled expertise
  • We carefully match you from 2,300+ leading suppliers
  • Access to Outsourcing Savings Calculator & Report

Get Started

How many staff to outsource?

About OA

Outsource Accelerator is the trusted source of independent information, advisory and expert implementation of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO).

The #1 outsourcing authority

Outsource Accelerator offers the world’s leading aggregator marketplace for outsourcing. It specifically provides the conduit between world-leading outsourcing suppliers and the businesses – clients – across the globe.

The Outsource Accelerator website has over 5,000 articles, 450+ podcast episodes, and a comprehensive directory with 3,900+ BPO companies… all designed to make it easier for clients to learn about – and engage with – outsourcing.

About Derek Gallimore

Derek Gallimore has been in business for 20 years, outsourcing for over eight years, and has been living in Manila (the heart of global outsourcing) since 2014. Derek is the founder and CEO of Outsource Accelerator, and is regarded as a leading expert on all things outsourcing.