Most American Workers DON’T Want Flexible Hours According to This Study
Whether you’re crushing it in the office or you’re thinking about making a career switch, the benefits that come with your current or future gig, like flexible working hours, can be major indicators of how happy you’ll be in your job. But according to a new study, the idea of creating your own day actually isn’t what American workers want at all.
The study, conducted by researchers at Princeton University and Harvard University, found that American workers are in fact indifferent to flexible work schedules and actually prefer a structured 40-hour work week.
The main factor came down to — no surprise here — dolla, dolla bills. The majority of both men and women aren’t willing to take a pay cut in order to create their own schedules; however, many workers were willing to take up to an eight percent pay cut in order to be able to work from home.
Another not at all surprising finding of the study? Most of the participants weren’t super jazzed about irregular work schedules, i.e., working nights and weekends. And some even went so far as to say they would give up to one-fifth of their salary to avoid it, while 40 percent of respondents said they wouldn’t even take the job in the first place. That’s a lot of two buck chuck, if you ask us.
“While much of the discussion about work-life balance has focused on providing workers with more flexibility and more predictability in scheduling, we find that this isn’t what most workers want. Most workers simply want to work during traditional working hours,” paper co-author Amanda Pallais, of the Paul Sack Associate Professor of Political Economy and Social Studies at Harvard, said.
The study was carried out via a real-life hiring process for a national call center, in which approximately 7,000 people applied for the positions online. When applying, applicants were asked to state their preference between two positions: a traditional 40-hour, weekday 9am-5pm on-site job, or a randomly chosen work schedule.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)