The end of the nine to five: how the way we work is changing

The end of the nine to five: how the way we work is changing

We have all heard it before: people (usually older than us) saying millennials are lazy, entitled, spoilt... Well, they should think again. Another thing we've heard before is this: money won't make you happy. 

Being purely money-driven is something I think our generation tries to avoid on the whole. When we are the older ones, we will have stories to tell about wonderful experiences and places we have seen around the world.

And that is because of our change of mindset. The nine to five grind is becoming rapidly obsolete and our fresh new set of work values and ambitions is one of the big drivers of this change (helped by technological advancements, of course).

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Millennials (those of us born in the '80s or '90s) are unlikely to be thinking about "jobs for life" - the steady career path within one industry or firm (even office!) which our parents may have experienced.

Instead, our minds are on starting new businesses or projects, working in different countries, experiencing different sectors and roles.

Flexibility is increasingly a factor in our career choices. One report I read, a survey of HR professionals on the topic of hiring millennials, suggested 45% of millennials will choose workplace flexibility over pay.

Being able to have a job that is purposeful is a priority too. Social entrepreneurship has gone through the roof over the last few years. As many of us entered the job market during the recession, we are hyper-aware of economic challenges and inefficiencies as well.

All of this means companies may need to rethink their structures.

Many firms are adapting, taking these factors into consideration.

At Schroders, the investment firm I work for, we move building this year to a more flexible work space.

I have already had the opportunity to try out this new way of working. I sit in a different desk every day and have the chance to work from home.

Three quarters of workers would favour a job that gives the option to work flexibly – up from 70% in 2017, according to recent research.

Personally, I enjoy the variety it offers, it's better for our health and wellbeing, and having a working arrangement that supports our lifestyles should help us make a bigger impact.

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