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Finally, now that WFH is more accepted (thanks 2020), do you think more industries will “reimagine” this arbitrary 40+ hr. work week?

Some orgs tried/have proven to be more productive with less (e.g. 6hr work days, 4 day work weeks) but I don’t know if consulting leaders are enthusiastic about normalizing this since “it’s the land of billable hours”...

What would it take?

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That’s not how any of this works.

People seen as critical will be asked to take more responsibility, work more hours, and more compensation will be concentrated with fewer people (and substantial profits with fewer still). Less critical people will find their roles & compensation diminished or eliminated.

This is how it’s worked for the last 50 years, and especially the last 20. Why would now be different?

@AlixPartners1 Does this have to be reality, because of what has occurred for 20+ years? Or can we zoom out and actively change... “the way any of this works”?

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I used to work at PwC and had a coworker who worked a 4 day work week, 10 hours a day. It was great for her but everyone else on the team ultimately worked more hours on Fridays to cover for her. I think a flexible work week is great when employees realize they may still need to work more than 40 hours some weeks and managers let employees take time for themselves on weeks where this is less work.

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Lol if anything WFH = more hours

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38/2 - you’re in the minority

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Haha absolutely no chance. How many hours per week are we all averaging? I would say 60+ hours for me. Do I bill nearly that many hours? Absolutely not.

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Same D1, worked maybe 10 hrs last week total, making final edits before project end.

Haha I wish I was working 40! That would feel like reimagining to me

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Yes I think more companies will try to have more contractors and less employees to save on costs. Who really needs 20 HR generalist? Why not just have Uber for HR?

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Love this idea that you can treat contractors like non-humans. Lol. Just love it how well accepted it is amongst consultants. We invite the crap we are put through.

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We’re working much longer as a result of wfh. The only thing I need to “reimagine” is my career choice now that travel/hotel/expense perks aren’t even in my life anymore 😂

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My firm ~reimagined~ the 40 hour work week a long, long time ago

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‘xactly

To win business, it depends on utils produced. The business working around the clock will produce the most utils

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M&C 2, agreed

For some worker types we are making it a flexible 40+ with proportionate weekly bonus. Cheaper than adding additional part time resources.

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In my industry, (biotech/Pharma development) its only ever more, not less. WFH allows for flexibility but not reduced hours.

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Re: Comments about WFH linked to more hours.

Valid. Believe me, I recognize that it can result in more hours. But I mention WFH/2020, as a reference point for behavioral change. Specifically, because some project leads assumed that good work couldn’t be produced from home.

Often times deadlines are arbitrary; and sometimes linked to another industry dependency...

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