Four Day Work Week! Interested in Working a Four Day Week??

@artistry (4154)
United States
January 29, 2010 10:13pm CST
If your employer offered you the option of a four day work week, would you consider it? The hours would probably be nine or ten hour days, with a Monday or a Friday off each week. Could you adapt to this kind of schedule?
9 responses
• United States
3 Feb 10
I would love to have a 4-day work week, two more hours per day to get one whole extra day off would work very well for me indeed. If this were like a national standard though, I think there would have to be some changes to the way child care is provisioned.
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
4 Feb 10
....Hi marellab, I think that I would appreciate a four day week and then be off for three days. The companies would need as you suggest,to have perhaps on site child care to help their employees. That would be a very good thing for parents. As things change, the four day work week may become standarized, as you say, especially if companies realize a saving by implementing it. Thank you for your response. Take it easy.
@artistry (4154)
• United States
4 Feb 10
...Sorry for misspelling your name marzellab...also, welcome to the ranch...it's a nice place to hang out, enjoy. "o)
• Philippines
4 Feb 10
maybe yes, if the salary would not be affected too... maybe this kind of schedule for work can even help ur company to lessen expenses also...
@artistry (4154)
• United States
4 Feb 10
...Hi arlene51621, That's where the 10 hour days would come in, so that you would not have a salary decrease. I do think that companies would save money in utilities. The lights and heat have to be on before the employees get to work and afterwards for a while, so shutting down or lowering utilities for one extra day should save money. People would have to adjust to the longer hours, but that's just a matter of time. Thanks so much for your reply, take care.
• United States
1 Feb 10
I've have that kind of schedule now. I love it. I moved my schedule around so I could finish my M.A. I've used this kind of schedule in the past whenever possible. I don't see a downside. Your body becomes adjusted quickly, and the extra day off allows you to follow whatever other passions you may have in your life. I also try to give the option to my employees when it's feasible. They love it. Everyone wonders why their last chef didn't let them do that. I just tell them it's because I'm awesome!
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
4 Feb 10
.......Hi batcountry72. I had written you a response, and it disappeared, it was two days ago, I am sorry about that. Anyway I had told someone the same thing, that your body would adjust to the longer days. It is very nice that you allow your employees to have four day work weeks, I am sure that they appreciate that. Thanks for your response. Take care.
@minx267 (14586)
• Hartford, Connecticut
1 Feb 10
Been there done that. I was actually working this schedule for years.. 4 10 hour days and 3 days er... nights (I work 3rd shift) off. I loved it.. and then the person who was working the other 3 days quit.. And then they never did replace them just filled in 2 of the days with someone else. And made me work 5 days but could only cut a little here and there off my hours per day that I do work.. So I now Have to work at least 44 hours per week. but I won't be complaining any time soon as prices for insurance has gone up every year and we have not had a raise in two.. So this still doesn't cover the extra money they are taking out for my insurance every week.. With out the OT hours I wouldn't be able to afford to eat! :-) But I do miss my 3 days off a week.. they were so relaxing!
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
2 Feb 10
...Hi minx267, It's a shame that such a good situation had to change. But with things the way they are all over, you are blessed to have a job that gives you the salary that it does. I have a friend who has had his unemployment compensation extended three times because he cannot find a sufficient job. It's like that all over. I hope that things imorove for you, that you get an increase in salary and whatever it is that will make things better for you. Take care of yourself. Thanks for your response.
@cintoy (1014)
• Indonesia
1 Feb 10
It will be awesome. Working in this kind of company is very demanded by employees yet, in my opinion, it is not feasible for the company. since the employee is working for four days only... the other 2 working days are not available. how should it be feasible?
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
1 Feb 10
...Hi cintoy, Well, if the company did choose to make this an option for the employees, they would need to let the employees work for 9 or 10 hours for the four days. This would give them a full work week, and allow them to take off on Monday or Friday. The company would probably make everyone take off on the same day, so that they could close the place for the three day weekend, to save utility cost. It could work out well for the employees and the company. You might be very tired after working 9 or 10 hours, but you might be able to adjust. Short naps here and there to get through the day, or eat a little bit and take your lunch at the end of the day and go home. I am very creative when it comes to work. "o) Take care, Thanks for your reply.
• China
1 Feb 10
If I had four day work for one week, I would like to choose Friday off. I like the long vocation after hard working,during which I can have more time to do what I like to do. It sounds very nice~
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
1 Feb 10
..Hi zhouzhou200004, Your idea of a vacation with your day off plus the weekend is exactly what I had mentioned to someone else. As long as you are not so tired from the long four days. I think that I could adjust to working four days and relaxing three days. It should be a national thing. Thanks for your reply. Take it easy.
• China
31 Jan 10
I think i can adapt this schedule,because i have to face a very bad traffic everyday,if i can change my schedule and only work for four days,i have enough time to have a rest,it's a good option for me.
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
31 Jan 10
...Hi hedy917, Welcome to the ranch,it's a nice place to hang out. Lots of nice people. This would work, as I would love to have a third day to sleep in. I am basically lazy some times. If I could make it through the long four days. It would be a vacation every week so to speak. Yeah, I think I would like it. Thanks for stopping by. Take care.
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
30 Jan 10
The idea of working four days a week would be great. But in my current situation where I spent almost 4 hours a day going from/to to work would end me up spending at least 14 hours a day. I don't think I can manage that but if my home is only a stone throw away, that would be a good suggestion and happily accepted it.
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
31 Jan 10
..Hi there Fulltank, Always nice to hear from you. Sounds like this idea is not so good for you. I have another suggestion for your situation, I don't know what kind of work you do, whether you need the things at work to do your particular job, but how about working at home on a Monday or Friday. Would that be feasible? If so I would lobby for one of those days to work at home and mail ut in as rhey say. If not well, it was thought. "o) Take care. Thanks for your response.
• United States
30 Jan 10
I have held two jobs where I worked all my hours in 4 days. This type of work week has its ups and downs. I did like that I had 3 days off, but I was tired. The first job that was like that I spent most of my time trying to recover from the long hours. I think it is going to be different for everyone. It is appealing though because of the extra day off. It might be different for those who have a desk job because they won't be having to stand on their feet for the extra hours. The hardest thing to get adjusted to is the longer hours spent at work. I began to dread the idea of spending more time even though it was for less days. A lot of pros and cons. Good question.
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
31 Jan 10
...Hi purplerain01, Welcome to the ranch if I haven't said so before. You give a first hand account which is insightful, thank you. While I am reading your response I am think of a solution, and it would be this. Ifyou could have a little alarm clock where you set it to go off in 10minutes or so, I would then go to the bathroom and hide out for a 10 miinute nap now and then to get through the long hours. I know it was tiresome, especially on your feet. So that would have been my solution. I think I used to do that with my eight hour a day job. I was sleepy because I had to be at work by 7 a.m. I always managed to wake up on my own. Lucky. Thanks so much for responding. Take it easy. Please forgive any spelling and spacing mistakes, my computer goes berser now and then."o)