Does the nine to five job really exist anymore? How many of us are actually working “banker’s hours?”

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty


Old bank building in Grantville GAThere was a time when a job consisted of a five eight hour days, Monday through Friday. But as our society has evolved, it seems that less and less workers face regular schedules each week.

Of course, independent contractors set their own hours. And in today’s economy, that generally means working eighty or more hours in an attempt to get a forty hour paycheck!

Then there are those that work for retailers and restaurants. Some are open twenty-four hours, seven days a week and worker’s schedules are adjusted weekly to meet the requirements of the employers.

Many employees also work on varying shifts for industries such as transportation or public safety. These workers have to readjust their internal body clocks on a regular basis,

We often use the term “banker’s hours” to refer to those with a traditional work model. But the drive-up windows at our local banks are open late now to better serve their customers.

So I wonder…if the banks aren’t keeping “banker’s hours” anymore …who is?



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Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


Me either.... THX


Ah, but they're not working 9-5, that's for sure. Thanks for the comment.


It's a shift in the way we think! THX


Dec 17, 2009 11:37 PM #12
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


Ah, but only behind the service counters. The behind the scenes people at the post office are working 24 hours a day getting the mail delivered. THX


Whatever those are! lol


And a lot of regular employees are tele-commuting. We are a changing society. Thanks.

Dec 17, 2009 11:40 PM #13
Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY - Babylon, NY
"Moving at The Speed of YOU!"

Around here, if a company can hire part timers, they will do it to save on not giving benefits. Most office workers are 9 to 5 unless they are in upper management. The banks are also open late on the weekends AND open on Federal holidays like July 4th.

Dec 17, 2009 11:53 PM #14
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Richard, I don't think there is a real traditional 9 to 5 job anymore. With the recession, employers expect more for less and employees with do it to keep their jobs.

Dec 17, 2009 11:56 PM #15
Maria Marriott
Executive Properties - Roseville, CA
Realtor -

I think work load has increased and hours cut down...It certainly isn't the same...Thanks for the post!

Dec 18, 2009 12:00 AM #16
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Richard, with the advent of email and smartphones and high speed Internet access from home, work is wherever you are these days, which I think is good and bad. Good from being flexible, bad from not turning it off. I remember going to boy scout troop meetings at 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. growing up. No one would be checking a Blackberry for email while you discussed the weekend camping trip. It is on one hand highly productive, and on the other hand INSANE.

We have let the genie out of the bottle, and it is up to us to master the tools we have created and not let them master us. Independent contractors and 1099 employees often can make their own hours which is a good thing (sometimes).

Dec 18, 2009 12:16 AM #17
Claude Cross
Homes By Cross, Inc. - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte NC Homes For Sale

Richard - You may have found a term that is becoming akin to the rotary phone. I work the hours I do because I have to. It would be great to only have to work part time or just "Banker's hours" I just can't afford to.

Dec 18, 2009 12:59 AM #18
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Richard with the advent of technology, traditional hours, except for people in manufacturing facilities don't exist. We have instant everything which makes us all 24/7 unless we shut it off. In our buisness we need to work when others are not.

Dec 18, 2009 01:17 AM #19
John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
Licensed in Louisiana

Richard I think some of us work 10-2.  I call agents around 3 and never get them to call me back.  I really don't care for phone calls after about 9 0'clock.  But before then I all yours.

Dec 18, 2009 01:57 AM #21
Ken Tracy
Keller Williams Realty Infinity - Naperville, IL
Helping clients buy and sell since 2005

Hi Richard.  I fortunately do not work "bankers hours" anymore and couldn't be happier...

9-5 can be dangerous!:)

Thanks for writing,


Dec 18, 2009 02:03 AM #22
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Richard, for those of us among the self employed it is more like 5-9-----and not the "first" nine either:)

Dec 18, 2009 02:35 AM #23
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

80 hours to get a 40 hour paycheck...I sure wish I could do that!

Dec 18, 2009 03:09 AM #24
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Richard:  I have a three word answer--The Federal Government.  While the rest of us are working our fingers to the bone, they are probably working less than banker's hours.  Is it any wonder that nothing ever gets done on Capitol Hill?

Dec 18, 2009 03:22 AM #25
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Ah, bankers hours... long past tradition I don't think we will ever see again. But it does bring back memories, like Leave it to Beaver, Father Knows Best....

Dec 18, 2009 03:57 AM #26
James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

I worked a set schedule for many years. Now I schedule my work. Love being self employed.

Dec 18, 2009 08:34 AM #27
Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh
Century 21 New Millennium - Upper Marlboro, MD
A doctor who makes house calls.

I don't know anyone except some government workers who work those hours.  Even when I worked in the school system I was always bringing work home. 

Dec 18, 2009 11:04 AM #28
Guy Thomas
WR Starkey Mortgage - Colorado Springs, CO

It seems that as the traditional manufacturing jobs have disappeared, more folks have moved into consulting, and other service jobs which seem to be on a nontraditional time schedule.

Dec 18, 2009 02:22 PM #29
Claudette Millette
The Buyers' Counsel - Ashland, MA
Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass


Bankers hours certainly do not exist in my household.  My husband is a software consultant and sometimes works 70 hours a week.  And, I think, as Realtors we are almost always "on" in some way. 

Dec 18, 2009 11:53 PM #30
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

I keep trying to learn from my mistakes and for some reason keep finding myself working 60 hour work weeks. But, at the end of the year I always found my most productive and profitable time of the year was when I was working 30 - 40 hours a week and coaching baseball and softball at night. Can't explain it and keep telling myself that I should make these my regular hours, but in the end always seem to catch myself working at 9pm at night.

Dec 19, 2009 11:34 PM #31
I am a banker. I work from 11:30 PM until 8:00 AM everyday except Monday. How's that for "bankers hours?" And this is not by choice. Its just all I could find. I don't know how anybody works 9-5 anymore. I have had several job interviews where when asked what hours I wanted to work and I said 9-5, the employer either looked at me like I had two heads or just started laughing. One employer even said something to the effect of "oh, I guess you'll be driving your Model-T to work while listening to an 8-track, oh, and I guess you want a pension to." And also, I have had so many people tell me they work 9-5, actually look me in the eyes and make that claim, and then, at a later time, I come to find out that it wasn't true - that they lied to save face because of society's idea that having a 9-5 is akin to having "made it" and they did not want to look like a loser for having any other hours. It makes sense because I always wondered how everybody could possibly have a 9-5 when after hundreds of job interviews where I was told that such hours no longer existed. After all, how can everybody work a non-existent shift? And how can everybody, and nobody all at the same time, have the same shift? At first I thought there were no 9-5s left because they were all taken, but again, taken by whom? Because I don't a soul who honestly works those hours. Not even self-employed people. And every time I pay attention to the news, all I hear about are more job lay-offs, particularly 9-5s. SO - to answer your question, "do people still work the 9-5?" Answer: No. Most of the people who claim to work 9-5, Mon-Fri, with nights, weekends and holidays off are simply lying to you. As I write this, the year is 2014, not 1920 or 1950 or even 1990. So lets face it, the 9-5 is simply an inefficient, outdated shift from a bygone era. So no, people do not work 9-5 anymore and if they do, they won't be for too much longer, because eventually they will be laid off or rescheduled, or they'll quit, retire or get fired, and simply not be replaced. And yes, I know, a lot of people will read this post and say "oh, they don't exist, do they? Funny, 'cause I could have sworn I just came home at 5." Okay, maybe you do have a 9-5, fair enough. But I would strongly advise that you look into other careers or research other companies or at least have some kind of backup plan, because, trust me, you will eventually be laid off. It is only a matter of time. You won't be a 9-5er forever. So enjoy it now, because there is simply no job security in a 9-5 job. Sorry. I know it sucks, but its reality.
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