...4 days work...

United States
July 18, 2008 9:44am CST
Due to the present condition specifically our economic status today, 4 days work policy will be implemented on July 28 in my Hubby's workplace, I am glad that he is not part of it but I am also sad for the people who will be losing money considering the high prices of all the basic commodities.I hope this will not last long, it's been even hard this time for each family how much more losing 8 hrs a week! Is there anyone out there who have the same story?
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@ellie333 (21029)
18 Jul 08
Hi Checapricorn that is just so sad to hear as a lot of people are struggling enough at the moment without the added misery of losing a whole days pay each week but I do suppose this has been done so that they don't eventually end up losing the whole job. I will prayer for them that it is only a temporary measure and that they will soon be back up to a full week again. Pleased to hear that it doesn't affect your husband directly but sad for the families of the ones it does affect. Ellie :D
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• United States
18 Jul 08
I agree ellie, that's what I'm thinking too especially the family who have 3 or more kids..I do hope also this wont last for a longer period of time! Thanks for having a great heart!
@howard96h (11659)
• New York, New York
18 Jul 08
Many jobs here are doing the same thing, changing to a 4 day work week but they are not loosing any hours, each day is 10 hours of work and then you have off 3 days. Many people I know prefer this.
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• United States
18 Jul 08
Yea, that would be great howard but some of the people in their company will only work for 8 hrs so, it's sad really! Thanks for sharing!
• United States
18 Jul 08
I work 4 ten-hour days with 3 days off, and I love it. It is one of the main reasons I am still at my job. It will be hard to find another job with the same hours I have now. My hours are a big plus to me. I recently had a chance to go to shorter days with a 5 day week and I turned it down...I will continue to turn them down, and if the company makes me go to a 5 day week, I will likely find another job.
@howard96h (11659)
• New York, New York
18 Jul 08
goldeneagle, I agree I would rather work 2 extra hours each day and have an extra day off, it also saves a day on transportation and gas. If they give you the three days off together that is even better, nice long weekends.
@dpk262006 (56148)
• Delhi, India
19 Jul 08
Four days a week, sounds pretty strange to me. We have 5 days week here, but I have not come across 4 days work policy, at least in my country. Hopefully, the employers would have given it a serious thought, before implementing the same.
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• United States
19 Jul 08
I agree dpk, it's good really for gas purposes and other bills to be saved but for some whose number of hours will be affected! Pretty bad!
@dpk262006 (56148)
• Delhi, India
21 Jul 08
I can understand your feeling for the poor guys.......but what to do. We will have live with the system.
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
8 Sep 08
I am self employed so I don;t have to worry about something like this happening. But my hubby, now ex, works for some big company and this has happened where he has worked before, although it never lasted very long. My husband was in management so it didn't effect his job but for the little guy that worked so hard physically, to get cut back like that, hurt a lot of them. Some of them quit their job and found another job but then came back when asked to by my husband. His company now says they will never do that again, cut back on their hours, and hasn't. They learned that in the long run it only hurt the company. I hope this will be the case with your husbands case, that the company will change it back to 5 days a week as they may lose some good employees because of it.
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• United States
8 Sep 08
[i]Hi chris, I really don't know how long they will implement this 4 day work but hopefully also it won't last long though it is beneficial for some since their number of hours are not affected and they have a 3 days off but for those who are affected, it is very sad!
@plumwish07 (4060)
• Indonesia
21 Jul 08
do you mean that the working days in your country being 4 days from 5 or 6 days work? whooooa, its really surprised me. and what about the working duration per day? still 8 hours per day or more due to resize of this working days? and what about the employees who already have fixed statue? will it effect on their monthly income? honestly, i am being curious for this situation
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• United States
21 Jul 08
Hi plum, They used to work 5 days 8 hrs..Then starting next week, they will have 4 days for 10 hours...But, other employees will be retained to 8 hrs in 4 days..So, they will be losing an hours as well as money! I am hoping this will not last long!
@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
21 Jul 08
Hello checapricorn, If it is during good time, I would definitely grab the offer if they ask me to work 4 days a week. But due to the recent price hike and almost every thing seems to 'goes up', I don't think it is a good idea anymore. It is really bad now and to lose 8 hrs a week is something really really bad. Very fortunate for me that my company is still doing as usual, just that they tighten their yearly budget a little bit.
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• United States
21 Jul 08
Hi gr8life, I agree with you! I am hoping this will not due for a couple of months..You are lucky then, I know it's really a blessing nowadays to have a regular job!
@ElicBxn (60874)
• United States
20 Jul 08
The way I've heard it is that they are instituting 4 day work weeks, but wanting the people to stay for 10 hours, still getting their 40 hours in and only driving 4 days a week.
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• United States
21 Jul 08
Hi ElicBxn, yea for some and that's indeed great also but others will be loosing 8 hours! Thanks for sharing!
@ruby222 (4848)
19 Jul 08
Like you I feel for those families so much Che,the industry is grinding to a halt where we are in the UK,.what little there is of it anyway..and there are a lot of people who are being laid off of work.The building firms are stopping their new builds,and this has such a knock on effect,from the bricklayers to the roofers,to the jack of all trades that does the odd bits and pieces for them.One of my son in law is a carpet fitter for a massive company,and he is finding that work is starting to slow.Im sure this is a global thing,but I suppose it is a warning to us all ,we have borrowed too much money,and been to frivolous and now we have to tighten the reins.
• United States
19 Jul 08
I agree ruby...It's been the common complain of people almost all over the world! except those who are just very rich!
@kbjunior15 (1309)
• United States
19 Jul 08
I don't think they will be losing eight hours, they will just being working four !0 hour days instead of five 8 hour days. Save money in gas, parking, babysitters, etc for an entire day. I am a teacher and wonder when they will consider this in schools. They could probably save a ton in gas by only have 4 school days a week where buses have to run.
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• United States
19 Jul 08
I agree but maybe it will be hard to make a schedule for the students and both parties will be very loaded!
@misty99 (736)
19 Jul 08
Heard also that news,even in the Philippines there are proposals of cutting the work days in the government offices and limit the operating hours of malls to slash electricity and fuel consumption.But government offices will work longer hours instead of 8 it will be 10 working hours/day.So nothing is lost.Some see it as an advantage on their part because they have additional days to spend with their family.We'll to about that when they start implementing it.
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• United States
19 Jul 08
HI misty, I can see also the advantage of that...But, in this case, some of the employers will work 8 hours still for 4 days! pretty sad!
• India
19 Jul 08
Hi checapricorn, Though this was not introduced in my place, it is really disturbing to note the reduction of working days in work places. This will bring down the earnings and in my opinion this will only add up to the present economic situation. This is not a good idea. I am sure the present situtaion will change shortly and everything will be alright in few months time, because much more harder situations were brought in to control earlier. Till then I do cross my fingers. Good Luck.
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• United States
19 Jul 08
Hi season, I love that positive attitude, that is also what my husband believed and let's pray for that...Thanks for sharing!
• United States
19 Jul 08
I didn't know they were doing that. I really don't think people can take losing too much with all the prices going up. We are definately heading toward a depression.
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• United States
19 Jul 08
Hi loves, I agree..This is indeed hard! I wish it won't last long or else a lot of short cutting to the short cutting already!
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
19 Jul 08
checapricorn hi that will be hard on the ones having to work just four days. I know it was hard on me a numberof years back when our county went broke and myhours at the library were cut from 40 to thiry, and that was wherethey stayed until i was forcibly retired. lol anyways thats rough on those people. glad that did not include your husband.
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• United States
19 Jul 08
Thanks Hatley, we are grateful also but I just feel for those who will be suffering due to the new policy...Wish it won't be like this for too long!
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
18 Jul 08
I have a friend Elaine that has had to go on a 4 day a week work schedule..She is Living alone,not by choice and she has been forced to raise her boys by herself..She has done a great job and they are all grown up now,but this has been hard for her too...she does enjoy the day off but it has hurt her in other ways,she has a hard time fiancially as it is...Hopefully it will not last too long.She works at a law enforcement...
• United States
18 Jul 08
Hi slickcut, Thanks for sharing..I am also hoping this will not last long, it's really sad for the families who are affected considering the bills as well as daily needs that we have!
@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
18 Jul 08
During the summer olympics in L.A. several years ago many companies went to a 4 day work week to help stagger the traffic situation. It worked very well too. But they had us work 4 days for 10 hours. That way nobody lost any pay and the system worked just fine. Later on my company allowed those of us who lived more than 50 miles away to stay on that schedule if we wanted to. I lived 80 miles away (one way) and so I did it for 10 years. I loved it...what the heck was another 2 hours if I was there anyway and besides it got me out of the normal rush hour traffic. I had 3 day weekends every week and was finally able to make doctor or dentist appointments on Mondays like regular people. I wouldn't have traded that schedule for anything.
• United States
18 Jul 08
Hi nova, I would love that schedule too if I am working! It pays off from staying to the office 10 hours and enjoying 3 days off!
• Canada
18 Jul 08
It's sad the way some companies are paying less, but how tings are cosing more. People are getting hit twice!!!
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• United States
18 Jul 08
I agree, maybe I will just think that it's better than they are laid off!
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
18 Jul 08
Some pes here are implimenting a 4 day work week. But they are 10 hours days so they still work 40 hours. It is in an effort to save on fuel I guess. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
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• United States
18 Jul 08
Hi Grandpa, that is for sure the main goal! Thanks for dropping by!
@misty99 (736)
19 Jul 08
Heard also that news,even in the Philippines there are proposals of cutting the work days in the government offices and limit the operating hours of malls to slash electricity and fuel consumption.But government offices will work longer hours instead of 8 it will be 10 working hours/day.So nothing is lost.Some see it as an advantage on their part because they have additional days to spend with their family.We'll to about that when they start implementing it.
• Philippines
18 Jul 08
In our country, what most companies do is extend the working hours to offset the additional rest day. This way, the pay would not be affected and the working hours rendered would still be the same. At the same time, they still get to cut down on electricity and other utilities.
@twallace (2675)
• United States
18 Jul 08
I don't have a story like this, but i thought it would be a little better for those that have to travel to work. Some people live at least 25-40 minutes away from where they work. I thought that the 4 day work week would be good. But I could have been a little wrong on that. I didn't consider those that have family issues that would require them to be home after their 8 hr work day was over. Now with two more hours added on, the changes that they might have to make to adjust to a ten hour, four day work week.