A compressed work week is a work schedule that lets an employee to work a required 40 work hours (8hours* 5 days), but in lesser no of days. Typically compressed Work Weeks are of 10 hours for 4 days and 12hours 3 days. The work hours and days are decided by negotiation between the employer and the employee.
Factors like employee willingness, client approval, proper management etc. influence decision of implementing a compressed work week schedule.
Advantages of Compressed Work Week
• More time for relaxation
• Three days off a week and still preserve a full time employment
• Extended work hours mean travelling beyond usual office hour traffic, thereby saving time
• Saving fuel consumption
• More time for personal and family life
• Regularly scheduled
• Easier to coordinate with coworkers and communicate with clients.
• Easier communication as opposed to work-from-home on online work options
• Performance management and supervision is same as other regular employees
• Helps in attracting and retaining the best talents
• Effective communication with clients in different time zones within office hours
Disadvantages of Compressed Work Week
• The long work hours can take a toll on mental and physical health
• The work days can be extremely stressful
• Can cause fatigue
• Child or elderly care can be challenging in a compressed work schedule
• Lack of personal or family time on workdays
• Long work hours can lead to mental and physical fatigue which in turn can create stress leading to burnout
• Fatigue can result into lower productivity
• May not match the client schedule
• Ineffective internal communication due to mismatching schedules