Jessica Piha gets to work whenever she wants and leaves whenever she wants-really.
"There's really no set schedule," said Piha, the director of communications at home-improvement startup Porch, which lets its employees work flexible schedules. Piha likes to get in "super early" and leave at 3 p.m. for a workout class.
"I just like to be able to do my work when it needs to be done," she said. "I will never not hit deadlines and deliver."
That's how it should be for all of us whose jobs aren't shift-based-that is, for the 42 percent of the workforce who, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, don't work hourly wage jobs. We should decide how and when to get our work done-yet so many of us are stuck on the clock.
"Our culture in the U.S. is rooted what I call an hours mentality," said Carol Sladek, a partner at the human resource consulting firm Aon-Hewitt. "And by that I mean scheduling-really driven by shift work-that doesn't make sense in most of our service-based industries."