Compressed Work Week
Enjoy three-day weekends with a compressed workweek
HOW DO COMPRESSED WORKWEEKS WORK?
Work just four days a week on a regular basis and still earn normal wages. Or make time to run errands, attend events and see family by choosing when you work.
A compressed workweek gives you the benefit of an extra day off by allowing you to work your usual number of hours in fewer days per pay period. Work four 10-hour days each week and then enjoy a three-day weekend, or work 80 hours in nine days with an extra day off every other week.
HOW DOES FLEXTIME WORK?
Flextime refers to a work schedule that lets you set your own work hours within limits established by management.
With flextime, employees have the flexibility to choose their start and end times, allowing them to align their work with their personal obligations and preferences. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals who have varying commitments outside of work, such as childcare, personal appointments, or pursuing further education.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- How to get a compressed or flexed schedule at work
Tips and tools to get you started
Both a compressed work schedule and flextime allow you to work around peak commuting times, so getting to and from work is faster and easier. Also, you can structure work around your daily life and obligations.
Your employer might thank you, too! According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, compressed workweeks and flextime both generally lead to increased job satisfaction, productivity, efficiency, and fewer absences.
Benefits of compressed schedules
Alternative work schedules, like compressed workweeks, are a great way to reduce your carbon footprint by commuting less. With one less day of commuting each week, you can significantly reduce your impact on the environment. Not only that, but you'll save money on gas and vehicle maintenance.
Other benefits of four-day workweeks include:
- More free time: With a compressed workweek schedule, you can enjoy an extra day off each week to pursue hobbies, spend time with family and friends, or just relax.
- Reduced burnout and stress: Having an extra day off can help you feel less overwhelmed and stressed, which can positively impact your mental health.
- Increased job satisfaction: A compressed schedule can lead to increased job satisfaction by giving you more control over your work schedule and allowing you to achieve a better work-life balance.
Benefits of flexible work
Flextime is another sustainable work arrangement that can help you reduce your carbon footprint by avoiding peak commute times. By setting your own work hours, you can avoid rush hour traffic and reduce the amount of time you spend in your car. You can flex your schedule to meet up with carpools/vanpools, ride the bus or start later to give yourself more time to ride your bike into the office.
Other benefits of flexible work schedules include:
- Improved work-life balance: Flextime allows you to better manage your personal time, such as childcare or other family obligations.
- Reduced stress: By setting your own hours, you can better manage your workload and well-being.
- Increased productivity: With flexible work, you have more time for personal appointments and can work during your most productive hours, which can lead to increased efficiency and output.
HOW TO GET A COMPRESSED OR FLEXED SCHEDULE AT WORK
If you're interested in a compressed work schedule or flextime, the first step is to talk to your employer. Many companies already have policies in place, so check with your human resources department to see if these options are available.
Many people who are able to do remote work find flexing their time comes naturally. In the event that your role does not allow you to work remotely, a new schedule where you can work longer days in exchange for an additional day off might be your best option.
If your company does not have a policy, gathering information and resources to present to your employer may be helpful. Highlight the benefits of compressed schedules and flextime, including the potential for increased productivity and employee retention.
TIPS AND TOOLS TO GET YOU STARTED
- Be prepared to negotiate: If your employer is hesitant to adopt a compressed schedule or flextime policy, be prepared to negotiate. Offer a trial period or suggest a phased approach to implementation.
- Track your progress: Keep track of your productivity and efficiency when working a compressed schedule or flextime. This can help you make the case for these options in the future.
- Save with compressed workweeks: You can save some cash by working a compressed workweek.With fewer days spent traveling to and from work, employees can save on fuel costs, parking fees, and transportation expenses. Use this calculator to see how much.