Say Goodbye To The 9 To 5, A New Blueprint Of Our Working Week Is Here

By Jessica Best
7th Jul 2020

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No doubt your work world has been completely shaken up because of COVID-19. The impact of this global pandemic is far from over but as restrictions continue to evolve (with some not quite easing as of yet) the big questions for young Aussies and Kiwis aren’t just what jobs might be around post-pandemic or what to do with your super. We also want to know what this changed working landscape will look like now that work environments have had to adapt and become more flexible. We’re talking less nine to five days and more four-day work weeks.

The rise of new hours or the compressed working week isn’t only being heralded by New Zealand’s progressive Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, it’s already been trialled in a number of countries including Microsoft in Japan in the summer of 2019 (where workers were given paid leave on Fridays and meetings were capped to no more than one hour). Sound likes the dream, right? Well, a similar work blueprint could become the norm.

Our work structure as we know it (pre-COVID times) is finito, according to new research from Deloitte’s annual 2020 Global Human Capital Trends report. This juicy finding pretty much delves into all the big workforce trends expected to transform the way we work and presents findings from leading businesses all over the world examined over the past 10 years. 

In Deloitte’s latest report, it found that a big focus for businesses now, which will come as no surprise, is redesigning work around life and reinventing work for the better. With this being said, at the helm of this is everything to do with employee’s wellbeing and (yep—that damn “p-word”) productivity.

The cool thing about this study is that it points out that while most organisations have the usual wellbeing programs in place (#wednesdaywellness), they really need to integrate this approach more holistically and that means seriously taking into consideration and creating a new workplace blueprint with the epic changes below:

  • Making sure people have the appropriate tech to work from anywhere.
  • Broadening flexible working practices which don’t just look like “one working from home day a week” and instead expand to four-day work weeks and staggering start and finish times (we’re cheering for this).
  • Making wellness behaviours the absolute norm, think talk ‘n’ go meetings.
  • Transforming work environments to make your everyday life more comfortable with the likes of on-site gyms, social distancing measures and standing desks.

The basic takeaway is that workers can expect a whole lot more control over what their work hours and structure might look like and hey, if that looks like rolling in at 10am and hosting WIPs outside in the fresh air, we’re all for it.

You can scope more of Deloitte’s 10th annual 2020 Global Human Capital Trends report right here.

For now, here's how to make the most out of tax time.

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