Society has decided–for whatever reason–to push papers five days a week, eight hours a day. Even those hours are mostly relegated to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some folks cut out at 6 p.m. because lunch is not part of the eight-hour work day.
After all, food isn’t necessary for productivity.
It wouldn’t be correct to say that there are no advantages to the 9-5 slog. Just like dogs nipping at the ankles of the sheep, bosses and managers can herd their workers into the right direction, or at least in the same direction, if there’s a common time and place.
But, the strictly-regimented time and place of office work is starting to fracture under the strain. Commerce is becoming global and information is quickly becoming ubiquitous. You don’t need to access a drawer full of files to complete a task. That info is available whenever and wherever you want.
Not only is it no longer necessary, it may be actually holding us back.
Wall Street subway sign by Epicharmus, Creative Commons
Over the centuries, money has ebbed and flowed from financial capital to financial capital.
London, Paris, Madrid, and other cities all had their card pulled to serve as the world’s financial center.
For the better part of the 20th century, that financial capital was New York City. With the New York Stock Exchange, the new economy-based NASDAQ, and an entrepreneurial-minded populace, the city became an financial jewel.
However, events and perhaps an over-reaction to those events are causing this financial tower to teeter.