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Linked – Will non-linear work days be the new hybrid working?

It makes sense that some people want this. Neither of these describes my situation, but there are days when being able to work a bit during the day and then some more in the evening would make sense.

“From the parents who wish they had more time to spend with their children during the day to the marathon runner who needs to train for up to three hours, non-linear work allows employees to segment their days, manage their own schedules, and fit work in around the things that matter to them.

Neurodiverse workers may also benefit; those with ADHD often find they are most productive at night, and therefore sleep later in the morning.”

I suspect this will remain a very niche thing now, though. The issue is the expectation of what the “work day” is. Granted, if you work in a customer-facing position, even a remote job where you have to interact with customers in real-time virtually, it’s unlikely they will be OK with a meeting at a time outside the 9-5.

On the other hand, there are plenty of jobs where those interactions make up part of the day but not all. Why can’t the other part of the day be outside the 9-5 so we can take care of other things during the day? You know, when doctors’ mechanics, banks, and other services are open, or when we want some time outside in the sun?

We’re still trying to get over the hurdle of convincing people that where work gets done doesn’t matter. When it gets done is the next one.

Some people are already working on that one. In the interest of making the workplace more inclusive, it’s worth considering. It creates an opportunity for all those folks for whom working all day, every day, would be impossible. Creating those opportunities is a good thing.

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