The Extinction of the Traditional Work Week

by Koosha Araghi on January 3, 2019

Richard Branson, billionaire entrepreneur and the founder of Virgin Group, recently stated that the traditional 9 to 5 work day and 5 day work week isn’t long for this world. The reason for this bold prediction? The rapid rise of technological advancements like driverless cars and drones. Additionally, more and more organizations are adopting a cloud-based unified workflow that gives their employees the freedom to work from home and let them decide their own hours. This, in turn, results in increased productivity and decreases their chances of experiencing workplace burnout. The traditional work week seems to be dying out - UpCurve Cloud has the tools that will help your business seamlessly adapt to these changes.

The future is flexible and productive

What we’ve come to know as the “traditional” 9 to 5 work week has existed in North America for more than 100 years now, with a New England-based cotton mill leading the charge to reduce the work week, which was later famously adopted by Henry Ford. While the traditional work week has given employees leverage against unreasonable work hour demands, the 9 to 5 model has been showing its age recently. Many people throughout North America are being subjected to stress, workplace burnout, and long commutes, along with a lack of flexibility that makes it difficult for just about anybody to get excited about the work week. This has made the push towards a less traditional, more flexible work week more urgent, and much more appealing to employees.

One of the more flexible work options has come in the form of remote workers - employees who are given the freedom and flexibility to work from the comfort of their own home, avoiding the stress associated with sterile cubicles and endless commutes. Remote workers have shown to have increased productivity, as they are faced with fewer distractions, and are far less likely to be late for work or have to leave early. Telecommuters have been shown to take fewer breaks, require fewer sick days, and take less time off. Additionally, telecommuting allows businesses to save on office space, and keep a healthier and happier workforce. 

Collaborate and communicate from anywhere

Cloud-based productivity platforms like Google G Suite have helped businesses make the seamless transition to hosting a remote workforce. Using G Suite, your team members can collaborate and communicate with each other in real time, no matter where they’re working from or what devices they’re using. G Suite features a wide range of productivity apps like Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Drive, Calendar, and Hangouts Meet, encouraging increased communication and teamwork among your workforce, with each being able to view, edit, comment, make suggestions, and view editing and access histories at any time.

Your employees can work from the comfort of their own homes, never missing a beat thanks to G Suite. Through a wide assortment of G Suite apps, team members can easily email, voice and video chat, and collaborate on any workplace document, spreadsheet, or presentation without being in a stuffy office. Using the might of Google’s long-established security infrastructure, your workplace data is secure with G Suite, and admins can detect threats before they even arise through locking user accounts, denying access to suspicious devices, and detecting and eliminating malware and phishing scams.

Keep tabs on team productivity in real-time

Though workplaces are quickly adopting remote work teams, some employers are still hesitant to embrace them out of fear that the productivity boosts may not be apparent. Using cloud-based tools like Prodoscore, employers can measure accurate productivity and engagement data in real time through integrations with G Suite and your favorite CRM solutions. Prodoscore assigns a “productivity score” to each employee, measuring productivity and engagement data without being intrusive, and allowing employers to easily identify opportunities for smarter selling, eliminate bottlenecks, address at-risk employees, and reward high performers, no matter where employees are working from.

For more information on how UpCurve Cloud can help your organization implement a cloud-based unified workflow that will increase workplace productivity and employee morale, contact us today.


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Koosha Araghi
Director of Marketing at UpCurve Cloud
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