Compressed Work Week

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“A compressed workweek is any scheduling of work that allows a full-time job to be completed in fewer than the standard five days.” (Schermerhorn, Osborn, Uhl-Bien, & Hunt, 2012) The advantages of a compressed workweek are that you can be there for your family. You can have a three day weekend where you run your errands and make appointments (doctor, car repair, cable) on Friday, and spend Saturday and Sunday focused on family activities and personal needs. The company would benefit from happier employees who are out of work less. The disadvantages of a compressed workweek are that you may not be able to have childcare for a ten hour day. People with children will find that most practices (dance, ball, and robotics) are during the week between 4 and 7. Many of the games and events are during this time as well. It would be impossible to kid children to and from these events or to be there yourself. The disadvantages for the company can include harder scheduling, dealing with overtime issues, and employee fatigue. (Schermerhorn, Osborn, Uhl- Bien, & Hunt, 2012) Personally, I have worked a 4/10 work week and loved it. Of course, that job was when I did not have a child. I could not work that type of scheduling now. I can barely get him to his after school activities when I leave work at 5:15pm. My childcare will not stay open passed 6pm. I wouldn’t have anyone to watch him. It would easier to work this schedule if there are two parents and one is able to get off work in time to do the running and care. This situation can also apply to caring for the elderly. Most in-home care will only stay until 6pm. I’m sure you could find later assistance, but it would cost you a lot more. Reference Schermerhorn, J., Osborn, R., Uhl-Bien, M., & Hunt, J. (2012). Organizational behavior. (12th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ISBN:

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