Does the nine to five job really exist anymore? How many of us are actually working “banker’s hours?”

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Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers

 

Old bank building in Grantville GAThere was a time when a job consisted of a five eight hour days, Monday through Friday. But as our society has evolved, it seems that less and less workers face regular schedules each week.

Of course, independent contractors set their own hours. And in today’s economy, that generally means working eighty or more hours in an attempt to get a forty hour paycheck!

Then there are those that work for retailers and restaurants. Some are open twenty-four hours, seven days a week and worker’s schedules are adjusted weekly to meet the requirements of the employers.

Many employees also work on varying shifts for industries such as transportation or public safety. These workers have to readjust their internal body clocks on a regular basis,

We often use the term “banker’s hours” to refer to those with a traditional work model. But the drive-up windows at our local banks are open late now to better serve their customers.

So I wonder…if the banks aren’t keeping “banker’s hours” anymore …who is?

 

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I don't know anyone except some government workers who work those hours.  Even when I worked in the school system I was always bringing work home. 

December 18, 2009 07:04 PM
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It seems that as the traditional manufacturing jobs have disappeared, more folks have moved into consulting, and other service jobs which seem to be on a nontraditional time schedule.

December 18, 2009 10:22 PM
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Richard:

Bankers hours certainly do not exist in my household.  My husband is a software consultant and sometimes works 70 hours a week.  And, I think, as Realtors we are almost always "on" in some way. 

December 19, 2009 07:53 AM
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I keep trying to learn from my mistakes and for some reason keep finding myself working 60 hour work weeks. But, at the end of the year I always found my most productive and profitable time of the year was when I was working 30 - 40 hours a week and coaching baseball and softball at night. Can't explain it and keep telling myself that I should make these my regular hours, but in the end always seem to catch myself working at 9pm at night.

December 20, 2009 07:34 AM
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I am a banker. I work from 11:30 PM until 8:00 AM everyday except Monday. How's that for "bankers hours?" And this is not by choice. Its just all I could find. I don't know how anybody works 9-5 anymore. I have had several job interviews where when asked what hours I wanted to work and I said 9-5, the employer either looked at me like I had two heads or just started laughing. One employer even said something to the effect of "oh, I guess you'll be driving your Model-T to work while listening to an 8-track, oh, and I guess you want a pension to." And also, I have had so many people tell me they work 9-5, actually look me in the eyes and make that claim, and then, at a later time, I come to find out that it wasn't true - that they lied to save face because of society's idea that having a 9-5 is akin to having "made it" and they did not want to look like a loser for having any other hours. It makes sense because I always wondered how everybody could possibly have a 9-5 when after hundreds of job interviews where I was told that such hours no longer existed. After all, how can everybody work a non-existent shift? And how can everybody, and nobody all at the same time, have the same shift? At first I thought there were no 9-5s left because they were all taken, but again, taken by whom? Because I don't a soul who honestly works those hours. Not even self-employed people. And every time I pay attention to the news, all I hear about are more job lay-offs, particularly 9-5s. SO - to answer your question, "do people still work the 9-5?" Answer: No. Most of the people who claim to work 9-5, Mon-Fri, with nights, weekends and holidays off are simply lying to you. As I write this, the year is 2014, not 1920 or 1950 or even 1990. So lets face it, the 9-5 is simply an inefficient, outdated shift from a bygone era. So no, people do not work 9-5 anymore and if they do, they won't be for too much longer, because eventually they will be laid off or rescheduled, or they'll quit, retire or get fired, and simply not be replaced. And yes, I know, a lot of people will read this post and say "oh, they don't exist, do they? Funny, 'cause I could have sworn I just came home at 5." Okay, maybe you do have a 9-5, fair enough. But I would strongly advise that you look into other careers or research other companies or at least have some kind of backup plan, because, trust me, you will eventually be laid off. It is only a matter of time. You won't be a 9-5er forever. So enjoy it now, because there is simply no job security in a 9-5 job. Sorry. I know it sucks, but its reality.
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