The good news is there may be other ways to tackle the problem, including promoting flexible work practices that suit individuals and companies. For instance, Telstra has seen success in providing their employees with the options of flexible hours and telecommuting.
The company supports open communication and giving their employees the power to manage their time, based on their lifestyle and priorities. These practices alleviated pressure on working parents, allowing them to spend more time with family and friends without guilt. The mental and emotional wellbeing of staff has improved, and so has their productivity.
Companies must be open to accommodating their employees’ needs. At the end of the day, work is only part of life, not all of it. With the rapid technological changes resulting in societal lifestyle changes, it makes sense for our professional world to adapt too. As we await the government’s review into the future of work in Australia, we’ll be here supporting people over profit.
The 38-hour work week may not be dead, but it’s definitely being reinvented.