5 Ways to Fridays Off (Without Slashing Your Salary)

Who doesn’t welcome a long weekend off from work? Too bad they don’t come around often enough. But they could: imagine having lots of long weekends all year round, say, 26 to 52 times a year. And you can take Fridays off without slashing your salary. Take a look at these five possibilities.

1. Propose every other Friday off, working 72 hours every two weeks, all year round. That’s only 10% fewer work hours than the standard workweek, retaining 90% of your salary. Not bad for 26 long weekends a year (especially when matched with Monday holidays).

Use the Part-time Proposal Package to propose this one, but label it a “reduced workweek” or “modified workweek” of only 10% fewer hours per pay period.

2. Propose a 4/10 compressed workweek of four, 10-hour days, Monday through Friday. This is the most widely used variation of the compressed workweek, and it retains 100% of your salary.

Use the Compressed Workweek Proposal Package to propose this one.

3. Propose a 5/4/9 compressed workweek. This is a less strenuous variation of #2. One week, work Monday through Friday, 9 hours a day (45 hours); the next week, work Monday through Thursday, 9 hours a day (36 hours). This totals 81 hours in one pay period, and allows you to take off every other Friday off, and still retain 100% of your salary.

Use the Compressed Workweek Proposal Package and describe your plan under Work Schedule.

4. Propose a 4/9 compressed workweek, working 36 hours a week. This is a variation on #3, above, that allows every Friday off, for a trade-off of 10% of salary. Need the 40 hours? Propose to work from home on Friday mornings to complete the final four hours. True, Friday isn’t all yours, but there’s no commute and you’ll get a nice jump on the weekend by noon.

Use the Compressed Workweek Proposal Package and describe your plan under Work Schedule.

5. Propose a part-time schedule of Monday through Thursday (32 hours), but negotiate a pay reduction of less than 20%. Yes, it can be done.

Use the Part-time Proposal Package for this one, but modify the Compensation section accordingly.

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