By Mattathias Schwartz
Say goodbye to the classic 40-hour workweek. The sputtering economy, the decline of manufacturing, and the ubiquitous BlackBerry are remaking 9 to 5 into something with unpredictable hours and fuzzier borders.
Here's a look at the forces that will shape your time on the job through the recession and beyond.
Shorter weeks … for some
National statistics show a shrinking workweek, dropping from 38.5 hours in the mid 1960s to around 34 hours today. Thanks to the recession, the average is dipping some more, as employers trim hours to reduce costs and adjust to falling demand. But while hours are being cut at most auto plants, they're rising at many office parks. "In recessions, there will be fewer people working, but the workers who remain have to work longer hours to retain their jobs," says Juliet Schor, author of The Overworked American.
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