Americans love flexible working: a 2021 study from workable found that at that point, 81.8% of companies and organizations said remote working and flexibility/work-life balance will be more important to candidates going forward, while 71.1% said remote working and distributed teams represent a major paradigm shift will be in the future.
Now, in 2023, as we see some contraction in remote work, 35% of U.S. workers with jobs that can be done remotely work from home all the time, according to new data from Pew research center.
However, when you zoom in on the numbers, it turns out that this is only 7% higher than before the pandemic. As technology leaders such as Twitter’s Elon Musk and Amazon’s Andy Jassy return to office edicts, employee flexibility continues to decline.
At Meta, reports indicate hiring managers are no longer allowed to label jobs as “remote.” In addition, internal requests for remote working or office relocations have also been put on hold.
While workers appreciated the new workplace flexibility that the pandemic enabled, where commutes no longer took hours a day and workers were given space for leisure they never had before, there are also downsides.
A negative result of a fluid workday, where some employees divide their tasks to meet family obligations, for example, is that the traditional limit of 9 to 5 workdays is broken. Employees can send emails, edit requests, and meeting requests at times that are convenient for them, but may be completely off-hours for other colleagues.
As a result, many employees are “always on”; doing more than ever before while trying to keep up with other colleagues and not look like they’re slacking off. Weekends, which have always provided a firewall of downtime for office workers, are now particularly affected.
The workforce analytics software company ActivTrak found that people are now working on average 6.6 hours on weekendsa 5% increase from 2021. That figure is even worse for workers in the computer hardware industry, who work 31% more at 11.5 on weekends.
And Microsoft’s Work Trend Index 2022 also found that weekend work was 14% higher than in 2020.
If this is a problem you face, it can be a difficult problem to solve if it is embedded in the corporate culture. One solution is to look for a new job where there are clear boundaries regarding out-of-hours work.
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