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Would You Like a Shorter Workweek?

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Would You Like a Shorter Workweek?

By Melissa Hincha-Ownby,

It’s Friday afternoon at 3 p.m., the weather is great and you’d rather be hiking in the mountains than sitting at your desk. Do you think that you’re at your most productive? Probably not — and that is one reason why companies across the country are offering employees a shorter workweek during the summer.

The topic was covered recently in an article in The Washington Post:

“In an informal survey of personnel directors at Fortune 1000 companies conducted for The Washington Post by the Corporate Executive Board in Rosslyn, nearly half said their business has instituted a compressed workweek during the summer or is considering doing so, often by allowing workers to put in longer hours Monday through Thursday in exchange for taking off all or part of Friday.”

Some employees work an extra 30 minutes to an hour each day Monday through Thursday and then get off work around lunchtime on Friday. Other employees work four 10-hour shifts and have Friday off completely. A three-day weekend every week in the summer allows employees to have more leisure time, which can have a positive impact on productivity once Monday morning rolls around.

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3:42AM PDT on Sep 24, 2011

I´m not sure...

12:54AM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

I once worked out roughly that in New Zealand, if you add up all the statutory holidays plus annual leave entitlements here, each fulltime employee works on avergae around 4 (normal) days per week anyway!

5:13PM PDT on Sep 5, 2011

Yes! Give people the option!

10:08AM PDT on Sep 1, 2011


7:30AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

I like it

1:34AM PDT on Aug 3, 2011

Good idea.

8:09AM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

What are we working for anyway. We seem to work and work to create more work to slave over. Why do we torture ourselves like this?

12:56AM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

If we want to save our jobs then we have to work harder OR China will be top boss.....

After living there for many years and been back in europe and seeing the way people work...............or more the dont care work attitude...I am NOT surprise that Asia will take over...

9:46PM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

What a question... who wouldn't???

4:48AM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

It would be nice to have the option.

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