Could you be working for just two hours a day in the near future? With smart workflows, it is becoming an increasingly realistic option for some. Here we share some tips on how to work a two hour day (!) from our friends at Eboss Recruitment.
If you could pick exactly how much time you spent at your job, what would you choose?
Strange as it may seem, this question may be one that shapes your daily life in the not-too-distant future. Improvements to business infrastructure, planning, connectivity and – yes – automation – could remove an enormous manual workload in the coming years. A lot of existing administrative, data processing, and sorting tasks are undertaken by systems and not people.
A changing in our work-life culture
But note that we are not talking about cutting our productivity. In this hypothetical future scenario, your output would remain at your current rates. Only your hours worked would be reduced.
So: what would you choose – The usual eight hours? More? Or less?
We tend to paint a rather dystopian view of the future, but a decidedly utopian re-calibration of our work-life balance may be just around the corner. Maintaining existing output with a massively reduced time cost opens up a world of possibilities. It would become easier for businesses to safeguard their own future survival. It could open the door to accelerated growth, and untold quality-of-life improvements.
Why Agile Recruitment is the right fit for the modern world
The potential upside is enormous. But just how likely is any of this, really?
The answer is that the transformation of work is already underway. At eBoss, we perhaps first became conscious of this change when conducting research for one of our case studies. The way our client had deployed our smart search functionality had helped them to cut their database search times by about 80 per cent.
If a consultant usually allocates a full working day to their searches, that means they are finishing within two hours. This started us thinking: which other processes and workflows can be dramatically reduced with smarter working and automation?
The answer is that there are very few areas of enterprise that would not benefit from this form of automated efficiency. From planning and task allocation to reporting and targeting, it is known as agile working.
Now, agile workplaces are by no means new. What has changed is that the technology which enables agile working has finally reached a point of becoming commonplace.
When a technology matures from being “innovative” to “commonplace”, the late adopters invariably get left behind and typically struggle to remain viable for too long. At this point, only the early adopters remain and the new, efficient model becomes the updated industry standard.
So yes: there is an element of both carrot and stick in this scenario. The good news is that agile recruitment is still in the early adopter phase. And there are social benefits as well as economic ones for those who make the change…
Why automation could be a tool for the democratisation of work
Improving productivity and output is undoubtedly great news from a business point-of-view. But there a several reasons why agile working may be more suitable for the modern world than traditional methods.
We might like to imagine a two-hour working day as a way to free up more leisure time. But the truth may be a bit more practical – and less glamorous – than that.
Social and economic disruptions (such as those caused by the coronavirus pandemic) have dramatically reshaped our working lives within a short period of time. Recovery from this will take months, or even years. It is no surprise that many commentators talk about a “new normal” for our post-pandemic careers.
It may be the case that aspiring recruitment professionals in coming years will have to start up for themselves as a sort of “side-hustle”. Maybe they are working a lower-paid but consistent job elsewhere. Perhaps they have to spend large portions of the day caring for children, elderly relatives, or helping in the community.
Agile work and automation tools help those with existing time commitments to excel in careers where they have set their sights. Success will feel less like the prize awarded to those individuals most willing and able to sacrifice portions of their personal life to long hours and high workloads. Recruitment – like so many other professions – could start to feel increasingly meritocratic.