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Is the duration of the traditional day shift in office employment; that is, from 9.00 a.m. till 5.00 p.m. The phrase ‘working nine-to-five’ also has a connotation that expresses the tedium of routinely working set hours in an undemanding or boring job. The increase in flexible patterns of working time means that fewer people are now working the standard nine-to-five day than was probably once the case.

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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