Every industry is witnessing major upheavals. Thanks to the development of technology, the way in which we work has changed in an unimaginable fashion, as have the roles and tasks which we carry out. Since the turn of the millennium we have witnessed the creation of driverless cars, bitcoin, and Facebook. Similarly, how many of us have settled an argument by pulling out your phone and checking Wikipedia? You wouldn’t have been able to do that in 2000.
With this in mind, we’ve decided to take a look at just how much the standard working day has changed alongside these innovations, examining why the traditional office setup seems like such an outdated concept. We spend approximately one-third of our lives in work — or around 90,000 hours if you insist on a figure — so it plays quite a considerable impact in our lives.
We are all guilty of cursing our jobs, even at the best of times. Sunday nights can be the worst of times, waiting on the impending dread of a Monday morning. Wednesday afternoon is a like a beacon of hope as we progress through the Instagram hype of #humpday, and Friday, particularly if you finish early, is like all your birthdays and Christmases have come at once. Most of us in modern day Britain, for the past number of years, work a Dolly Parton inspired 9 to 5, meaning eight hours a day, five days a week. However, prior to Robert Owen’s introduction of the 10-hour day in 1810, the average person was subject to anything up to 16 hours a day, six days a week. Owen, a mill owner in New Lanark, coined the slogan ‘eight hours’ labour, eight hours’ recreation, eight hours’ rest’ — and he was right. So much so that, until most recently, his theory stuck.
Now, after almost two centuries, we are facing a new change, thanks in part to the societal and technological changes we have experienced here in the UK. Back in 1930, British Economist John Maynard Keynes suggested that due to these advances, we would eventually only have to work a 15-hour week. Despite his prediction being untrue for most part, the freedom of freelance, working for yourself, and utilising technology has made that completely achievable for a few.
Wi-Fi and on-the-go
Much like the numerous technologic advances which have allowed workers to amend their scheduling and day-to-day positioning, constant Wi-Fi availability has made professional life that little bit easier. Ten years ago, you could never have envisaged businessmen and women closing groundbreaking deals sat in Costa Coffee or McDonalds, but now it is completely feasible thanks to free public Wi-Fi. Major cities throughout the world have invested in free designated Wi-Fi hotspots enabling professionals to take their work beyond the four walls of the office — a nice perk if the sun is splitting the trees outside. Furthermore, so much has technology developed, automotive and aeronautical companies have now invested in Wi-Fi to take away from the boredom of long journeys. The Vauxhall Astra is one such car that has successfully tackled this challenge, offering a Wi-Fi hotspot through its OnStar package. The issue with these advances is they often tend to sound ingenious but in reality, they aren’t very practical. Thankfully, this isn’t the case with OnStar, with carmagazine.com noting that OnStar is just like the normal broadband you would get in the house.
With 96 million paid subscribers and 207 million total users, Spotify is one of the world’s most regularly used apps. Having replaced the radio in most cars, thanks to the development of the aux port and Bluetooth, the app is a constant in many of our lives, and you guessed it — its journey began in a co-working space. The ‘new’ offices are everywhere, and we don’t just mean the likes of tech-savvy Singapore or Silicon Valley, most cities throughout the UK will have them. It is no wonder why so many young aspiring professionals are looking to get involved in co-working spaces, considering they consist of so many other talented individuals, prepared to assist one another. Throw in a business management graduate, a graphic designer, a marketer, and a writer and you have the ingredients for many great concepts. Cheap rent, continual support, and a relaxed atmosphere all contribute to the positivity. And we can almost guarantee a speaker will be projecting Spotify playlists on the daily. Continue reading here…