As someone who comes from a long line of "not a morning person" people (true story: Thanksgiving 2002 my folks, spouse and I are visiting/staying with my brother and SIL. I wake up on Friday at 9:30 am and am the first person up by OVER AN HOUR), I would LOVE to dramatically change my work day.
BF is technically open to flex hours, but it is still the case that we're all mostly here from around 9-9:30 to around 5:30-6, M-F. A few weeks ago, I had a very busy beginning of the week and knocked off early Friday (still putting in over 40 hours for the week) and got called out for it. I was a bit annoyed. (Also, I'm not used to watching the clock or having my clock watched, so I'm still adjusting to that, too.)
And it made me think of something that occurred to me this past spring, as I was standing in the interminable line at Behnke's on a Saturday in April, cursing my luck and noting that, at 2 pm on a Tuesday, the place is probably dead (even in April).
What would the world look like if we each got to put in our 40 hours whenever in the week made the most sense for us?
I realize there are some potential logisitical problems here. Should I really be allowed to mainline Provigil, put in my 40 hours straight, starting Monday at 8 am and finishing up in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, and then be off the rest of the week? What if I'm REALLY a night person (or dating a bartender or a nurse) and want to work 11 pm to 7 am? Won't that make it hard to schedule client meetings or check in on projects face to face with my colleagues?
On the other hand, why is life still set up like it was in the era when the Man in the Grey Flannel Suit had a Feminine Mystique spouse to take care of all the errands and chores during the week for him when we're ALL working now, which means you can't get a parking space at the Safeway on Saturday at 11 am for love or money?
And why shouldn't my avid gardener colleague take off a sunny Wednesday, if it's going to rain all weekend? Why shouldn't my grad student colleague rearrange her schedule to take some weekday classes and work some evenings or weekends? Why are we still pretending that our schedules and responsibilities haven't changed since the 1950s?