Working 9-to-5 to make a living? Not so much anymore

WASHINGTON — Dolly Parton might have thought the 9-to-5 workday was all taking and no giving, but now it might be even worse as most workers think the 9-to-5 workday is a thing of the past.

A new survey from CareerBuilder found that 61 percent of workers nationwide thought the 9-to-5 workday has gone the way of the dinosaurs.

“Fifty-two percent of workers say they’re checking and responding to emails outside of work hours, so the day never really ends,” Michael Erwin, senior career adviser for, said in a news release. “It blends into the personal time and with smartphones it makes it easier for us to continue to work even when we’re not in our office.”

Workers in D.C. are leading the way for change with 73 percent saying the 9-to-5 work day was an ideal from the past and that they’re now working more than eight hours a day.

“Between new technology and global workplace dynamics, companies are being tasked to implement flexible work arrangements for everyone across cities, generations and industries,” Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder, said in a release.

Even though 61 percent of workers think the 9-to-5 workday is a thing of the past, that’s actually down slightly from a few years ago.

When CareerBuilder conducted a similar survey in 2015, it found 63 percent of workers said the 9-to-5 workday was a thing of the past.

Either way, experts say that keeping a healthy work-life balance is still vital for modern day employees.

“You need to disconnect,” Erwin said. “When you leave that office, get off your phone. Put your smartphone away. Don’t be checking it when you get home when you’re lying in bed. Disconnect from the office, it’s going to help you regenerate yourself and be more productive when you do get there.”

The 2017 survey was conducted online with more than 3,500 full-time employees in the U.S. ages 18 and over between May 24 and June 16. The margin of error is +/- 1.61 percentage points.

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