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.