For today's always-on, ever-connected workers, it's no surprise that the traditional 9-to-5 is dying. But what will the new normal look like?
Rather than expecting employees to work more, some companies are experimenting with shorter schedules.
Recently, Amazon announced that it is piloting a new 30-hour workweek for a group of technical teams within the human resources department. Employees work from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and the remaining 14 hours of work for the week can be distributed whenever is convenient for the employee. In exchange for the flexible schedule, employees get 75 percent of their normal salaries and receive full benefits.
"This initiative was created with Amazon's diverse workforce in mind and the realization that the traditional full-time schedule may not be a 'one size fits all' model," the company says in an invitation to a talk about the new program. In the test program, everyone on the team will be working part-time, including managers.