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No Longer Tied to Offices, Workers Are Still Bound by the Clock

While the pandemic shifted where work gets done, we’re still following Henry Ford’s advice about when it should get done.

Schedule flexibility is an effective, but rarely used, way to improve productivity at work.

Schedule flexibility is an effective, but rarely used, way to improve productivity at work.

Photographer: Sean Gallup/Getty Images Europe

Even as more companies accept remote-work arrangements, the norm of being available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. shows little sign of fading.

That’s even though  94% of desk workers want flexibility in when they work, according to a new survey by Slack Technologies Inc.’s Future Forum, compared with 80% who say they want location flexibility. Slack polled more than 10,000 desk workers in the US, Australia, France, Germany, Japan and the UK.