Commentary: 9 To 5 Isn't Working AnymoreMichelle Conlin
For all the country's New Economy ways, most jobs are still modeled on the clock-punching culture of the industrial past. Like wired-up assembly-line drones, people are expected to show up Monday through Friday and do their work in eight-, nine-, or ten-hour chunks of time. This rusty arrangement is exactly what IBM's vice-president of global workforce diversity, Ted Childs, wants to smash to pieces. Sounding like a corporate General Patton, Childs warns: "We're going to grab that old model by the throat and choke it to death."
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