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It's no secret Americans work their tails off, but there's a growing movement for work arrangements that would have made our grandparents blanch.
The big picture: The days of showing up at the office five mornings a week are coming to an end, and companies and workers are rushing to adapt while remaining productive.
Three ways people are backing away from the 9 to 5 grind:
Between the lines: None of these options are really new, but what's driving them is a mix of cultural need and technological progress, including:
The other side: "There are way easier places to work, but nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week," Elon Musk tweeted in November.
It's also the case that some of these experiments fade away. IBM, which helped pioneer remote work, is among the companies that have backed away in search of putting employees together in offices.
The bottom line: Don't expect the long hours and hard work to go away anytime soon. Do expect, however, that talented workers will keep coming up with new ways to work, including these.
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