Monday, June 2, 2008

All play and no work

Contrary to the popular phrase "All work, no play makes Jack a dull boy", the reverse is equally true. Work culture has changed 180 degrees in the last half of the century. From working in places walking distance from home to working in a place half the globe across. With the whole world becoming one global village, the opportunities are boundless. Of course, everything comes with a pinch of salt.

The kind of work we do, the people we interact with and also the times when we accomplish it has completely changed. I remember as a kid, I used to be off from school only on a Sunday. In fact, I loved to wear the white shirt and skirt uniform to school on Saturdays. Later, few years down the lane, we were off on 2nd and 4th Saturday. But now, many schools are corporations adopt a 5 week schedule. In fact, now there are rumors of 4 week schedule!

On one hand, there are people with 3-4 hour commute daily and in the same space are people who work from home many times a week. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages depending on one's personality and lifestyle. I knew a nurse who used to work three 12-hour nights and used to have a 4 day weekend every week. And I have friends who end up working till 2am everyday.

There was a recent survey in some media asking if we would prefer a 4 day week schedule to 5 day. Though all of us would love to work less, I think we still yearn to work, just so that we can enjoy our leisure time. I feel the same excitement on a Friday which I did on Saturday, years back, realizing that weekend is around the corner, though the length of weekend has changed. What would you prefer for your work schedule?

7 comments:

--xh-- said...

i can stay with 5 day week.. my schools and colleges where also 5 days per week... though most of us crib abt wrk, me thinks ppl dont like sitting idle... if there is a plan to hv 4 days wrking day, thn cn v hv that holiday on wednesday, please?

Archana Bahuguna said...

4 12-14 hr week days for work and the rest for home tasks and fun! :-)

Joy said...

XH: Yup, nothing like a break in the middle of a week :)

Arc: 4 12-14 hrs is similar to 5 8-10 hrs but I see your point. Anyways we end up working, why not stay longer and get a day for ourselves, right? I think some Govt organizations allow that.

Archana said...

Bring on the regular 3-day weekend! I have been advocating that for ages. After all, typically most of us put in at least 10 hours a day - so 40 hours is done on Thursday itself, afaik :-)!

Sumana said...

I like the 5 day week with like 9 hours of work each day. Comfort factor..

ceedy said...

For me the work schedule is very flexible...we are following this concept that recently Best Buy adopted....plus my field is such that we can be called at odd hours and sometimes never for few days...so its all fine...

Joy said...

Archana: Work always expands with space. Hope we don't start working 12-14 hrs on a 4-day week.

Sumana: You don't like change , do you :)

Ceedy: That is really nice. If only all companies understand the flex hour schedule.