Note: The content below is for the individual considering a proposal for a compressed work week. It does not have the employer vantage point.
Are you pondering proposing a compressed work week as part of your work-life management strategy? It’s a popular choice; Fridays off is a common way they’re configured.
But is it a suitable fit for you? Consider carefully the personal pros and cons before deciding to request this flexible work option.
A compressed workweek has you working 40 hours in fewer than five days. The most widely used schedule is 10 hour days for four days a week.
Another arrangement is called 5-4/9. This is a week of five nine-hour days followed by a week of four nine-hour days, and would give you a day off every other week.
Here are Some of the Pros of a Compressed Work Week
- Most employees appreciate having a full day off during each workweek, while still preserving full-time income.
- The commute to work may be outside the usual rush hour traffic times because of the extended work day, and thus less stressful.
- You’ll cut your gasoline use and wear-and-tear on your car.
Here are Some Challenges and Cons of the Compressed Work Week
- An ongoing schedule of ten-hour or nine-hour days, while it may be the norm for some professionals already, can be physically and mentally draining.
- Not only is the workweek squeezed into a shorter time frame, but all the after-work activities must also be wedged into the remaining hours of each work day.
- Chronic fatigue caused by current work-family conflict time pressures may or may not be off-set by the regular day off.
- Child or elder care coverage to match your compressed work schedule may also be a challenge.
If the downside issues are not a concern in your personal circumstances, this flexible arrangement could work out well for you, with the regular day off paying personal dividends.
Otherwise, proposing a four-day workweek of eight-hour days (32 hours) may be a more practical flexible schedule choice.
The Fastest Way to Write a Compressed Work Week Proposal
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“Many thanks for the research and structure you provide to create a winning proposal; my compressed workweek schedule has been approved. I was able to communicate my needs while providing my employer with a plan to get the work done. It’s a win-win.” Diana Mezick, Administrative Assistant, Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, Bethesda, MD