1. Several high-level workers across the Unites States are searching for alternatives to the traditional 9-to-5 work day, with some business experts predicting that the “full-time” employee may be a thing of the past. What do you feel are the benefits and pitfalls of a non-traditional work schedule?
A “non-traditional” work schedule has always existed whether it is the second/third shift worker, the scheduling of workers in 24/7, 365 roles like hospitals or the hiring of part-time workers. There has been a trend in recent years to accelerate the adoption of these non-traditional roles in all organizations due to initiatives to lower costs or meet changing demographics. The lowering of costs has two parts associated with this: flexible hiring and astronomical increases in benefits mainly due to healthcare. The flexibility in hiring is concurrent with the rise of the contingent worker who you can hire on a project-by-project basis which changes the fixed costs of employees to the variable costs of business. The ‘virtual organization’ works to lower costs and grant workers the ability to be entrepreneurs (their own bosses).The benefit increase is offset by keeping workers as part-time (less than 30 hours a week). Current employment rules allow organizations to not pay benefits to part-time workers.