80% of people no longer want 9-5 office jobs

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It would seem that the majority of people within Ireland have no desire to return to the old patterns of the 9-5 office job and it's accompanying daily commute often traversing half of the country in order to get up to the office situated within Dublin or other such urban areas.

Naturally with the corrupt and inefficient planning system in Ireland, thousands of Irish families had to move as far afield as Louth and Wexford in order to be able to afford a house during the Celtic Tiger property porn years, a situation usually encouraged by Bertie and the brown envelope brigade with their ties to the building industry. As opposed to building affordable homes with access to public transport in or around the M50, it was instead decided to turn over half of the small villages around Leinster into commuter towns with housing estates simply tacked onto them. It was suggested during the noughties that the Dublin commuter belt region had become larger than that of Los Angeles - an urban area with a population several times larger than that of Dublin and itself hardly a model of good urban planning given it's sprawling nature. One can only imagine that after ten years, the situation has only gotten worse thanks to the corrupt and sleazy nature of the Irish Planning Process with it's deep ties to FFG, farmers and builders.

Of course, having experienced the freedom and lack of stress which accompanies working from home, most have become reticent about a return to the ways of old, and who could blame them? Most office work could probably be done in half of the amount of time than the required 8 hour daily stay at the office, not to mention the amount of time freeed up with the absence of an unnecessary commute to a physical office for work which 99% of the time could be done from home.

It will likely take a lot longer for the powers that be to accept such an arrangement, dull office environments ensure people work to strict standards of punctuality, a standard feature of employment ever since the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution. Little do most realise, but the mundane and predictable office or factory job with it's strict adherence to the clock is but a relatively recent invention in human history. Medieval peasants of all people had more free time and days off than the modern Western worker.

Now that the internet and technology has bypassed the need for a physical workplace location, perhaps it's time to go back to the pre-industrial era system in which work was communal and local with families working together along with other members of the community - as opposed to living atomised and separated lives dictated by the clock.

 

Anderson

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Never worked 9-5 in my life, cant imagine any job outside an office enviroment are 9-5 anymore.
 

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I think Covid has let the Genii out of the bottle in many ways.
 

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Reality has been artificially held at bay as of yet. Aside from a slew of restaurants closing we are yet to see much actual impact. However at midnight the moratorium on house evictions expire. There are 160000 behind and 60000 are well behind and at the eviction stage. A lot of people out of 7 million in the State of Massachusetts.
Reading about a famous restaurant in Boston, Stoddards, which has folded, they must but out 2 years left in their lease. Landlords are not budging. Some will just grab that money, believing that normality will return and they will have a new tenant long before the 2 years. They believe it works for them. But it will be a long time before anyone is foolish enough to open a big restaurant again, a very long time.
 

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Sitting in an office from 9 to 5 is pure torture!
 
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