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The coronavirus pandemic is phasing out the 9-to-5 workday model

Yahoo Finance Live reacts to data profiling sleeping habits in relation to at-home working hours in the late pandemic.

Video Transcript

BRAD SMITH: Welcome back to Yahoo Finance Live, everyone. Well, working from home has allowed night owls a chance to spread their wings on their own time. So a hybrid work environment may be the perfect solution for the most nocturnal members of your team. That could certainly be in focus as we get back to some phase of returning to the office for many. And particularly, we want to bring into the conversation this report that came out from Axios's Finish Line, which cited some data that really pointed to the number of people who love waking up early versus those who love staying up late at night and some different profiles, night owls like Alphabet Google CEO Sundar Pichai, prolific author Michael Lewis, singer Christina Aguilera, who were all night owls and would love that to be their most productive time, where they could work. However, for the majority, this report cites of adults, natural bedtime after midnight, so the National Institute of Health saying there. And so it begs the question, as we dive into our own chronotypes perhaps for the viewers out there, what is the optimal working time based on your sleeping habits? Rachelle and Dave, I would love to know where you line up on this. RACHELLE AKUFFO: So I've always very much been a night owl because I wanted to. But I'm a morning person because I have to. I have an eight-year-old. I have to do the school run. There's a million different things I have to do. But my most productive time is actually at night. And I thought it was interesting because in that research, they also said that a lot of whether or not you're a night owl is dictated by genetics. So I was like, my parents also always liked to stay up late. They always used to stay up late watching the news. And so then I was like, I asked my brother and sister-- all night owls. So I thought that was really interesting, that genetic angle that they add to it. DAVE BRIGGS: Yeah, I think it's also shifting relationships as well. In terms of the work part, I talked to a man who runs a private aviation company that said he's allowed all his employees to work on their own time. And for him, he said that means working a lot more after the kids go to bed so he can spend time with them during the day and then do a lot more work at night. But in terms of relationships, I can't help but wonder, you used to just stay up together and then get up together. But now with work patterns shifting, I wonder if time spent together is different. For me, I've never actually known what type of person I am because my schedule has dictated that. I used to have to cover sporting events, so I was a night owl. Then I was a morning anchor for 15 years, so I was forced to be a morning person that got up at 3 o'clock in the morning. I'm now looking forward to, after reading this Axios piece, figuring out where my most productive time is. I frankly have no idea, Brad, but I'm looking forward to finding out. BRAD SMITH: Well, you got to report back when you do because I think one other interesting piece of all of this, too, is the number of-- and hear me out here-- relocations that we've seen over the course of the pandemic. When people realized that, hey, we don't have to go into the office for the next two weeks, it started out as, and then that time continued to extend the number of relocations that took place away from where you were hired to be at, that started to tick up. And so it begs the question of, would you relocate to align more with your own chronotype, but still work for the same company? RACHELLE AKUFFO: I mean, for me, I have to have the right balance. Because if I'm working somewhere, if I'm going to pick up my life and move somewhere, it better be for more than just the job. I better be near the water. It better be nice and convenient. Otherwise, I won't do it. No matter what my body is telling me, I will fight it just to be comfortable. BRAD SMITH: It's a great perspective. Yeah. DAVE BRIGGS: Yeah, it's really fascinating how it shifted our lives. I think we're going to see so many changes as we begin to return to office over the next year. And are some people going to hold off from returning to the office because they've discovered these types of patterns within themselves that they do better work at night, that they do better work at home versus in the office? I can't wait to get back to an office, back to the studio with you people. BRAD SMITH: Look-- [INTERPOSING VOICES] RACHELLE AKUFFO: You're very a much a people person. Unfortunately, we'll have to leave it there.