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CNN — We never go back to the office – at least not five days a week. It is the assertion of Anne-Helene Petersenthe author of “Out of Office: Unleashing the Power and Potential of Hybrid Working”. “You can either try to find flexible arrangements now ...

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CNN — We never go back to the office – at least not five days a week. It is the assertion of Anne-Helene Petersenthe author of “Out of Office: Unleashing the Power and Potential of Hybrid Working”. “You can either try to find flexible arrangements now ...

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We never go back to the office – at least not five days a week.

It is the assertion of Anne-Helene Petersenthe author of “Out of Office: Unleashing the Power and Potential of Hybrid Working”.

“You can either try to find flexible arrangements now or fight your employees for the next 5-10 years and then pay a consultant a lot of money to help you understand what you should have started understanding five years ago. at 10,” she told me on the latest episode of my “Downside Up” podcast.

Petersen believes the Covid-19 pandemic has fundamentally reoriented our relationship with work in ways that companies are only now beginning to fully grasp.

“[People] don’t want to be forced to return to the office two days a week and not have their co-workers there. And so they just go back to this ghost office and it seems totally arbitrary to answer emails from an office instead of answering emails from the comfort of your home,” she told me.

Although we feel like the five-day, 40-hour work week has been around forever, it’s actually a relatively new invention.

Even in the 20th century, for example, it was considered normal to work on Saturdays – in addition to the usual five days a week. (The Massachusetts Bay Colony had a minimum 10-hour workday!)

As early as 1866, Congress considered mandating a 40-hour workweek, but legislation stalled. In 1926, Henry Ford instituted a 40-hour workweek for his employees, believing this to be the optimal amount of time for a person to work in a week. Congress finally required employers to pay workers overtime if they worked more than 44 hours a week in 1938. The law was changed in 1940, reducing the work week to a maximum of 40 hours.

But the 40-hour workweek has been – and is – regularly violated by employees (and their bosses) who believe that working more is working better. “A lot of times working those incredibly long hours is a sign of dedication, devotion… a sign that you should be promoted,” Petersen said. “As much as people talk about the sanctity of the 40-hour workweek, they don’t talk about the fact that we’ve already violated it.”

The pandemic – in which bosses have forced their employees to stay home for fear of spreading the virus – has, according to Petersen and other labor experts, fundamentally changed the way we think about the office and the workweek more generally. .

“If you think about it, your contract with your employee isn’t just about saving time,” Charlotte Lockhart, who advocates the four-day work week, told me. “You buy them by doing something with that time – a productive outcome. It doesn’t matter whether they’re a manufacturer, in hospitality, whether they work in healthcare, or they work in an office, what they’re looking at is how do we define productivity within our enterprise. »

In other words: work smarter, not harder.

The question facing bosses now is whether they want to push to restore the fact that employees come to the office five days a week because that’s how they did before the pandemic or whether they want to actively explore the possibility of a flexible schedule or even a four-day week to better adapt to the lives of their workers.

“It’s not that it means everyone has to be completely remote,” Petersen explained. “I think a lot of times this conversation gets very polarized or binary in terms of [whether] everyone should always be in the office or everyone should always be at home. Most people want a compromise that falls somewhere in between.



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