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Moving from the rigid 9-to-5 work schedule towards a 24/7 work culture seems to be the trend for individuals as well as the businesses they are employed by. In a global and intricate business environment, the demand for higher flexibility surges. Recognition is widespread over how an employee’s productivity is dependent on and can profit from individually fashioned regimens. Versatility in lifestyles will further contribute to this, as will a greater scientific comprehension of chronotypes – the behavioral manifestations of underlying circadian rhythms (sleep-awake cycles). Millennials, especially, will continue to crack down on the industrial, linear approach towards work and career, drifting between focus periods in which they work hard, followed by extended breaks of recreating, up-skilling, or other pursuits, introducing herewith an alternative “work beat” to today’s organizations. Given risks of stress and pressure associated with a 24/7 culture, however, there will need to be a spotlight on attention-management rather than time-management, to provide hyper-individualized work-setups by reassembling organizations to benefit both employees’ optimal deliveries, and their overall quality of life.

Asynchronous work

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The global workforce growth will ease