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Larissa Faw, Contributor
January 19, 2012

I prefer to come into work a little earlier before our 9 a.m. start time in order to leave before 5 p.m. My boss has no problem with my hours, though an older female colleague apparently does. She regularly tells me that this “special” work schedule is damaging my career trajectory and conveys to others that I am a diva. To that I reply, according to whom?

There are many workplace assumptions that employees accept without question. Why does the traditional work day start at 9 a.m? Who decided 14 days is the proper amount of annual vacation time? Why do employees need to give a two-week notice to depart from a job? Why is everything workplace-related so structured and standardized? Employees have largely embraced the status quo and shrugged at the thought of doing anything other than the way it’s always been.


Now, I am joined by a growing number of Millennials who are challenging these traditional workplace assumptions, and the resulting findings are fundamentally altering the workforce, but also stirring up generational and gender clashes.

It turns out that most of these “guidelines” have no solid reason for their vast corporate acceptance. There’s no data demonstrating workers are more productive if they start at 9 a.m. instead of 10 a.m. There’s also a lack of research supporting whether two weeks is too much or too little notice in order to leave a job.

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