Billionaire Dropbox founder says Covid is about to kill the 40-hour work week


Billionaire Dropbox founder says Covid is about to kill the 40-hour work week

Could the 40-hour workweek cease to exist?

According to Dropbox co-founder Drew Houston, it will become “a thing of the past.”

Houston, who co-founded the Dropbox platform in 2007, was one of 15 CEOs to be asked by CNN to share what they learned amid the pandemic.

Speaking to CNN about the future of work, Houston believes that workers will leave their “grueling commutes and gain more control of their day.”

He noted that the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the way we typically work would be similar to the influence of mobile and cloud technology systems.

“The workplace will now be wherever work happens, and the workweek will be whenever work happens best for each person,” Houston stated to the outlet.

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The more remote working present means that companies can hire people beyond “exclusive urban clusters,” which would help attract more talent, he added.

“They’ll [companies] also have to trust employees to get their work done without constantly monitoring face time, and people will have to take more accountability for their results,” Houston stated.

Houston also spoke about Dropbox’s decision to become a “virtual first” company last October, when it announced that employees would be working from home permanently.

People have noticed that working remotely has improved their work-life balance and flexibility.

Although some employers were skeptical about remote work, they have come to realize that the benefits of remote work in terms of productivity seem to have convinced them.

Several companies are also switching to hybrid styles of work to keep staff members who don’t want to come back to the office five days a week.

However, labour market experts and economists agree that those working in accounting or computer programming will be more attracted to this alternative than those who work in hospitality.

Houston further mentioned that the future of work as we know it has yet to be determined and that companies and employees need to create a “new social contract and shift in mindset” in order to create the best policies for the team moving forward.


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