9 to 5.
In addition to being the title of both the aptly-named 1980s comedy film and its theme song, the eight-hour duration has long been the norm for American working hours. Upon finishing college, many new graduates look for a “9 to 5” job. Attaining a career with those hours was, for some, a rite of passage.
Yet much has changed in the last 10 years. The advent of laptops and Wi-Fi meant that employees were no longer tethered to their desks. Slowly, people began to realize they had the capability to work where they wanted, when they wanted. And while many—myself included—still do our best work with a structured workday, unified communications has made it so that we can be more productive round-the-clock, tackling small tasks—such as emails—as they come, which reduces a backlog of work every morning. The end result: you’re more efficient, and perhaps even have some time to yourself during the day.
Here are seven stats that show how unified communications is redefining the once ubiquitous 9-to-5 workday.
1. The Bureau of Labor Statistics augments that a 9 to 5 duration is still commonplace, as the average work day for a person aged 25 to 54 is 8.7 hours. (BLS) (Tweet this)
2. But, as previously mentioned, this is not necessarily a permanent fix. In fact, 37 percent of Gen Y value greater malleability in their working hours—even if it means being less compensation. (Mom Corps) (Tweet this)
3. 90 percent of U.K. businesses have embraced flexible hours rather than having set-in-stone, rigid time standards. (Vodafone U.K.) (Tweet this)
4. 47 percent of organizations who have remote employees utilize unified communications, and its overall ubiquity is increasing—52 percent of companies utilize remote workers. (CloudIQ) (Tweet this)
5. U.K.-based company Virgin Media saw its travel budget reduced by 20 percent and weekly savings of five hours of commuting. (ComputerWeekly) (Tweet this)
6. 53 percent of companies have BYOD programs. This means that workers no longer have to segregate devices as being solely “work” or “personal.” (CloudIQ) (Tweet this)
7. Instead of shutting down due to inclement weather, the United States Government realized $32 million in savings by having its employees work from home rather than canceling work altogether. (Global Workplace Analytics) (Tweet this)
While the idea of working remains fundamentally the same, the ways in which we do it continue to evolve. Fortunately, for many Americans, the evolution of unified communications continues to expand our opportunities to reinvent the ways in which we work.