One in five Americans now work non-standard hours and the trend is expected to grow. Factors such as globalization, the movement toward more knowledge-based industries, and the current recession have contributed to the growth of flex schedules.

Momentum Resources, a staffing company in the Washington, D.C. area that focuses on placing management professionals in positions with flexible hours has seen demand grow over the past several years. The company also practices what it preaches: the director schedules her day around her three sons and oversees employees with irregular schedules as well.

The author offers a caveat that nontraditional hours aren’t for everyone. They require more responsibility and discipline on the employee’s part and as one management consultant explains, “You kind of have to earn the right to be able to do this.”

Source: The Vanishing 9-to-5 Job, Newsweek, by McKay Coppins, June 25, 2010

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