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The Balance: Stop whining about your 9-to-5 job — workers want stability more than flexibility

We may call our 9-to-5 jobs a grind, but they’re often better than the alternative.

“Most workers want to work Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m,” according to a study of roughly 7,000 people who applied for jobs online by Princeton University and Harvard University published in October by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

What’s more: flexible scheduling is an overrated perk, with most workers — both men and women — unwilling to take even a small pay cut to set their own schedules. Indeed, when the researchers gave workers a choice between a Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 am job and a job that was the same number of hours per week, but in which workers could make their own schedule, the workers said they would not take a pay cut for the ability to make their own hours.

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