All great replies,
I am of the opinion that if you want something bad enough you will find ways to make it work. I understand that not everyone can get out at 3pm but I feel like it's become a taboo subject to even think about flexing time. People are terrified, and I get that, but does that mean that at some point in the future if your boss "requests" you work on the weekend you would give up your golf to do so? And then what happens when he or she doesn't even ask anymore but just expects it?
The job market is extremely competitive now so i guess the mentality could be "well if you're not willing to do it, I got 15 resumes on my desk of people who will"
My main point was that it seems to be a "younger" phenomenon. I hear stories of softball, basketball leagues and work picnics, and golf leagues from guys who have been working here for 30 years. Now most of these things are dying slow painful deaths as the truly old just can't physically do it anymore but aren't being replaced by younger people.
Must be a combination of inflation/ greed/ competition/ that has gotten work in America to this point. Employers are definitely controlling all the power
From wiki- points against standard working hours
- Increased costs of running businesses
- Employers may use various measures to offset the cost increases, such as:
- lowering average hourly/annual compensation
- using part-time rather than full-time employees
- lowering or canceling year-end bonuses, etc.
- When employees are forced to work part-time jobs, they may need to acquire additional employment to maintain standard of living.
- Lower production output
- Increase in energy load on the grid during peak hours.
- Extend retirement age, the lifelong work hour may not change
- Standard working hours favor employer needs and can cause issues with achieving work-life balance.
- Forces employees to work overtime in some situations
- Appropriate standard working hours can vary across different industries based on the type of work performed.
- Certain professional positions are difficult to define in terms of appropriate working hours.
- May need different exclusions
- Issues can arise with employers expecting employees to work extra hours "off the clock" in order to keep costs down.