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Why the Monday to Friday Work Week Is Changing

Updated on April 23, 2012

Monday to Friday Jobs

Traditionally, many jobs were Monday to Friday. The shifts were daytime shifts, typically 9am to 5:30pm and weekends were days off. Today, schedules are changing for many jobs in many countries. The number of people who now work jobs during the weekends and nights are growing steadily.

While some jobs require a Tuesday to Saturday shift, other businesses require employees to work set weekends. Monday, traditionally the first day of the work week, can now be the last shift day or the "Friday" for many people. Monday has become "Friday" in this situation.

Schedule from Monday to Friday. There is no average work week any more.
Schedule from Monday to Friday. There is no average work week any more. | Source
Online jobs are growing daily.
Online jobs are growing daily. | Source

Why The Shift To The Shift Work?

Online Excitement

The Internet is growing in popularity as a way to earn income. Money can be earned today by taking online surveys, writing for websites, and even being paid to post Tweets for companies.

Computers can be logged on to any day and time of the week. The impact of its flexible nature is that the traditional work schedule need not be followed.

If people can make more money by working a ten hour day and get more online traffic during the weekends then weekdays, it makes sense financially to adapt a schedule outside of the Monday to Friday regiment.


Stay at home parents are now able to earn primary or extra income using the computer. When the little ones nap, thirty minutes of online work activity be squeezed in to the day.

That quiet time may be slotted just as easily on a Sunday as a Thursday. Keeping a traditional work schedule does not make sense as the computer availability spans weekends as well.

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Busy, Busy

Schedules today are busy. With smartphone in hand, many people text as they walk and have several lines to their daily to-do lists.

Given the growing number of tasks to be accomplished and that the hands of time do not stop ticking, many work days have become longer and include weekends. Taking time off for Saturday and Sunday may not be feasible if there are many tasks with short deadlines.

Re-Shaping Our Definition of the Work Week

The work week now spans any day of the week and any time of day. With economic downturns affecting many countries, people may have to take positions outside of the traditional work schedule to be able to generate income. Paying bills may outweigh having weekends off of work.

Priorities are changing as are the nature of many jobs. The new definition of the work week provides another way to describe how our lives today are anything but traditional.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      True Kimberly about being flexible as the schedules change. Go with the flow :)

      Hi Alecia! Glad you enjoy your hub and I appreciate the compliments.

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      Kimberly Quevedo 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Love your article. With the internet things are definitely changing and it is easy to work "on the go" or any time of the day rather than the traditional 9 to 5 er. This is especially true as our world becomes more global and different businesses are dealing with people in different time zones. You have to adapt in order to work with them!

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      My job is Monday to Friday but I don't mind it. I do like how they give us options of what time we can come in and what time we can leave. You're right, the world is changing and finally the workplace is catching up to that. Great hub!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks EagleEye! I wanted to share my observation and am glad it translated well with the words here.

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      EagleEye 5 years ago

      Great article! It sums up the different jobs/careers that people have taken charge of to make income but also differsify their interests.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Awe, thanks Bethany! I really appreciate your support. I am glad we have connected on a few platforms now. Yes I want to see more on the polls as well :)

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      Bethany Marsh 5 years ago

      Great article. Retweeted... and I want to see more people respond to the poll!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Lee, Thanks again for stopping by to read and thanks for your kind remarks about my hub. Reading your own hubs inspire me to keep writing. Yes your jobs certainly fall into the subject matter discussed here. I hope you are remembering to take care of yourself as well.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank-you for your positive comments. I agree that balance is needed outside of the computer, and can help improve your creativity as well. I am glad to hear you are having success with writing online.

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      Drtruthman 5 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

      Great article indeed. Of course, in the U.S. part of the reason the the traditional workweek is changing is that corporations no longer want to pay for benefits. So as long as they offer only minimal hours on flexible or rotating days they can limit the schedule to 25 or 30 hours and hire more employees. I have a son who has to work 2 separate part time jobs just to survive. For me at 60 and with epilepsy, I work from home doing 4 different jobs ranging from writing,insurance adjusting,counseling and if I am feeling OK a speaking engagement here or there. It is nice that the computer has allowed us to work at home at our own pace. Great article and insight. I voted up, useful, awesome and interesting. Lee

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I enjoy online writing and the flexibility I have to be at home and work a part-time job. As many people have stated, you can work in your pajamas in the comfort of your home. I believe that you still have to have some type of social life or networking outside of online community to keep yourself balanced. I think the opportunity to write online is fantastic for those who are unable to venture from home. Enjoyed your hub topic and well written!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks Miro for reading and your thought-provoking comment. New work agendas are forming and certainly new perspectives may follow along. Hopefully for more positive, meaningful relationships. Take care.

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      Miro 5 years ago

      Great article. I personally love the idea that people are being forced to shake up their old routines. It will hopefully shake many out of complacency and feelings of entitlement. Sometimes you have to serve the people when they need it, not when is convenient for us.

      Peace & grace,