The 9-5 is Killing Us.
After working for a few companies, I have come to the conclusion that there is not enough work to go around, especially for highly intelligent, efficient workers. Many employees work slowly because an eight hour day is too long. I can get a full days work done in 5-6 hours. I'm an efficient and fast worker. The reason the 9-5 is killing most of us, is there are too many jobs.
Now I get it, we want as many people in the country to work as possible...but in my current position I am doing 5 different jobs. id on't even know what to call my position because I go from Creative Director to Account Manager in a matter of seconds. Am I mad about this? Most definitely not, I enjoy variety. However, some companies give a job for every little thing, leaving far too many people with nothing to do half the day. This isn't to say that every job is like this, but I am talking about the majority of office jobs. Look around you, how many people are wasting time on their phones playing games when they should be working? It's making us miserable and causing everyone to turn happy hour into an all night event. So we can wake back up hungover and miserable, just to do it all over again.
Companies should pay their employees the same amount to work 5-6 hours that they would make working 8-10 hours. As long as these employees can prove that the quality of work is the same. They should also open up more opportunities to work remotely. If employees can show that they are able to work without constant supervision, they would find they can have more productivity if they work from home.
There is more to life than just working. Many American's thrive on working 40-60 hours a week, because they think that the more money they make the happier they will be once they retire. I think we are wasting our best years sitting in an office. Get outside, go for a hike, plant a garden or read a book. Companies all over the world need to support their employees by letting them take these much needed "breaks". After all, I'm most inspired after a hike than I am sitting in an office from 9am to 7pm.
I think more free time for activities that we enjoy would be beneficial for humanity. We sit around too much at our desks which in turn makes us miserable. I bet less people would be on antidepressants, fewer of us would be obese and marriages would be less likely to fail.