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chasedude
06-12-2008, 03:15 PM
I just got an email from our HR director. It seems that our Senior Staff are starting to think "outside the box". They're contemplating the idea of going to a 4 day work week.

Do any of you work a 4 day work week rather than a full 5 day?

Those working a 5 day work week would you rather have it a 4 day week?

In these times of increased costs, transportation, food, day care it only makes since to do so. Having more free time, time with family is a big bonus.
I maybe working 10 hour days but I do that anyway now.

I'm filling out the survey included in the email in favor of it.

Rausch
06-12-2008, 03:16 PM
I don't, but a buddy of mine for works for the state and they do 4 10's. He loves it.

Every Fri, Sat, Sun off. Nice gig if you can get it...

SBK
06-12-2008, 03:19 PM
Companies are figuring out that a more rested employee is more productive at work. This is why you're seeing paid time off instead of vacation/sick days etc.

4 ten hour days will be far more productive for the company, you just watch.

Brock
06-12-2008, 03:19 PM
sure, as long your 4 days aren't Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Some companies do this to avoid paying weekend ot.

chasedude
06-12-2008, 03:23 PM
sure, as long your 4 days aren't Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Some companies do this to avoid paying weekend ot.

We're a governmental agency, we don't work weekends around here ;)

chasedude
06-12-2008, 03:25 PM
I've estimated it costs me about 8-9 bucks a day for my commute to work.

Saving that much money plus always having a Friday off would be wonderful.

Donger
06-12-2008, 03:26 PM
I've estimated it costs me about 8-9 bucks a day for my commute to work.

Saving that much money plus always having a Friday off would be wonderful.

What are you going to do with that $32.00/month windfall?

seclark
06-12-2008, 03:28 PM
I've estimated it costs me about 8-9 bucks a day for my commute to work.

Saving that much money plus always having a Friday off would be wonderful.

i'd save gas money, but i'd spend a shitload more on beer.
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chasedude
06-12-2008, 03:37 PM
What are you going to do with that $32.00/month windfall?

I'm sure it'll find a place somewhere.

caffeinated_virus
06-12-2008, 03:37 PM
I have done both 4/10's and 9/80's.

The 4/10's are every nice. Every weekend is a three day weekend. At the company I worked for that did it, they gave people the option to work Monday-Thursday. Or, Tuesday-Friday...

Great to do. More time at home, with the family and stuff to do.

Rooster
06-12-2008, 03:39 PM
i'd save gas money, but i'd spend a shitload more on beer.
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ROFL I think I would too.

OnTheWarpath58
06-12-2008, 03:40 PM
Companies are figuring out that a more rested employee is more productive at work. This is why you're seeing paid time off instead of vacation/sick days etc.

4 ten hour days will be far more productive for the company, you just watch.

Please tell that to my company.

We've gone the wrong direction - 6 ten hour days...

:cuss:

petegz28
06-12-2008, 03:44 PM
I do 4/10's every other week and I love it.

chasedude
06-12-2008, 03:46 PM
I do 4/10's every other week and I love it.

Every other week? So do you work the 5 day stretch on the off week?

DaFace
06-12-2008, 03:46 PM
If Rain Man would go for it, I'd be all for it. We're pretty dependent on all the other businesses we work with, though, so until the majority of them go to a four-day work week, I doubt it'll happen.

kepp
06-12-2008, 03:50 PM
I would LOVE to go to a 4/10 work week. I pretty much work 5/10 the way it is now.

Bwana
06-12-2008, 03:53 PM
What are you going to do with that $32.00/month windfall?

Sit in his garage and drink beer.

blueballs
06-12-2008, 04:28 PM
I do about 10 40s a weekend

Buehler445
06-12-2008, 04:36 PM
Our company is thinking about doing that also. Ours won't necessarily always be a 3 day weekend, but I am all for it. It will give me an extra day to get shit done. My transportation costs are small, but there are an asston of people that commute in, that's why they do it.

FAX
06-12-2008, 04:40 PM
The accounting firm I use has gone to a 4.5 day week (everybody splits at noon on Friday). I think that's a pretty good idea, except I'm not sure how much work can get done in a half-day ... especially a Friday.

The advantage is that people can get a lot of weekend errands out of the way on Friday afternoon leaving more of the weekend free. I like the concept.

FAX

chasedude
06-12-2008, 04:44 PM
Our company is thinking about doing that also. Ours won't necessarily always be a 3 day weekend, but I am all for it. It will give me an extra day to get shit done. My transportation costs are small, but there are an asston of people that commute in, that's why they do it.

This is one of the biggest points that came up for the change. We have offices across 10 counties in NE KS and people driving from all over the place to each of them.

eazyb81
06-12-2008, 04:51 PM
I'm on the 6 day work week. I guess that makes me special. :doh!:

Micjones
06-12-2008, 04:55 PM
I've done four 10's in the past, but my off day was never Friday, Saturday, Sunday. It was always like Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday.

Cntrygal
06-12-2008, 05:46 PM
I've worked 4 10s before and loved it! I wish we would go back to it.

Hydrae
06-12-2008, 06:12 PM
I worked for several years with a 3 on 3 off, 4 on 4 off schedule. I worked every other Wednesday and every Thurs, Fri and Sat. Loved it.

I now work 4-10's with Thursday, Friday and Saturday off. The only problem with this schedule is that I had to work every Sunday during the season. :deevee:

Buehler445
06-12-2008, 06:12 PM
This is one of the biggest points that came up for the change. We have offices across 10 counties in NE KS and people driving from all over the place to each of them.

Yeah, they did some math, and just for the hourlys (I assume they just did them because they will be hit hardest :shrug: ), they travel over 19,000 miles per day.

I can empathize with their position, because I'm a po mofo too, but I found a joint IN Sidney to live so as to not pay for as much gas. They could choose to do the same.

KcMizzou
06-12-2008, 06:43 PM
I work five 8s now, but I preferred four 10s.

Valiant
06-12-2008, 06:45 PM
Companies are figuring out that a more rested employee is more productive at work. This is why you're seeing paid time off instead of vacation/sick days etc.

4 ten hour days will be far more productive for the company, you just watch.

I don't agree with that.. Most companies abuse the PTO and screw employees out of hours with the PTO system..

Easy 6
06-12-2008, 06:47 PM
Sounds awesome, i'm all for it.

But this idea's been around for awhile, i've got a LIFE magazine from the early 70's & thats the cover story...i wont hold my breath.

BWillie
06-12-2008, 06:47 PM
That is my dream come true. 3 days off. I could easily work 10 hours Monday - Thursday. Hell Monday and Tuesday I work 9-9.5 hour days as it is. Usually Fri I work six hours. Makes me not even want to come to work.

Actually, if I had a choice. I would literally work two 20 hour days. Monday and Wednesday. It would not bother me at all. All of the rest of the week to yourself.

QuikSsurfer
06-12-2008, 06:48 PM
I've worked 4/10's for the past 8 months and love it. 3 day weekends are key.

Joie
06-12-2008, 06:52 PM
I did 4-10s with Wed, Fri and Sat off and hated it. I worked 9:30am-8pm. I now work 5-8s and have Fri and Sat off. I work 10am-6:30pm....much, much better.

kstater
06-12-2008, 06:54 PM
How's 6 12's sound to everyone?

Psyko Tek
06-12-2008, 07:16 PM
I've done 12's night shift
hated it
4 10 days loved it got 3 day weekends
now I am doing 4 nines and a 4 on friday
makes friday worthless for work, but that would be the company's problem not mine

rad
06-12-2008, 07:28 PM
What are you going to do with that $32.00/month windfall?

Spend it on his extra day off.....

chasedude
06-12-2008, 07:29 PM
I've worked 4/10's for the past 8 months and love it. 3 day weekends are key.

Longer weekends is the key!

Complaints have also popped up about people taking so much time off. Everyone is able to receive 1 day of vacation leave and 1 day of sick time paid off every month. Of course many use sick days for other personal matters beside a sickness and use them frequently. No one really looks down on this because it's still considered leave.

Allowing everyone a 3 day weekend could eliminate some of those taking extra days off.

rad
06-12-2008, 07:30 PM
I've done 12's night shift
hated it
4 10 days loved it got 3 day weekends
now I am doing 4 nines and a 4 on friday
makes friday worthless for work, but that would be the company's problem not mine

That's what I do....4 12's one week, 3 12's the next. Love it.

Lots of days off.

milkman
06-12-2008, 07:51 PM
I've done four 10's in the past, but my off day was never Friday, Saturday, Sunday. It was always like Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday.

That is my schedule, and I love it.

Never work more than 2 days in a row.

Rain Man
06-12-2008, 08:11 PM
I'm pondering shifting my hours from 7 12's to 5 17's.

Simply Red
06-12-2008, 08:35 PM
We'll never do it. Each day is critical.

Claynus
06-12-2008, 08:36 PM
I'm pondering shifting my hours from 7 12's to 5 17's.

That would give Broncos fans less of a chance to assault you with soup.

phisherman
06-12-2008, 08:38 PM
Every other week? So do you work the 5 day stretch on the off week?

Yes, Pete and I are on the same team and we alternate between 4 10 hour day weeks and 5 8 hour day weeks.

pretty nice to have 2 three day weekends a month.

2bikemike
06-12-2008, 08:39 PM
Myself I work 12 hour rotating shifts, 3 days one week and 4 days the next. Alternating nights and days. Every fourth week I get 7 days off. I have worked this schedule for over 20 years. I love it. I can't imagine what it would be like to work a 40 hour week 8 hours a day.

keg in kc
06-12-2008, 08:41 PM
I'd definitely be in favor of 4/10s over 5/8s. I usually end up working 10 anyway.

Skip Towne
06-12-2008, 08:44 PM
I did 4-10s with Wed, Fri and Sat off and hated it. I worked 9:30am-8pm. I now work 5-8s and have Fri and Sat off. I work 10am-6:30pm....much, much better.

Where do you work?

ChiefsLV
06-12-2008, 08:48 PM
I've been doing 4-10's with Friday off for a little over a year now. I come home totally wiped out almost every day and only get about 3-4 hours before it's time to go to bed to get up and do it again the next day, but having the three day weekend every day is worth it to me. One thing that sucks is that after I switched to the 4-10's, I developed coccydynia from sitting for extended periods. I'm a software engineer so I pretty much have to take a break to stand up every so often.

Sure-Oz
06-12-2008, 08:54 PM
I'd do it if it were mon-thurs in a heartbeat

ROYC75
06-12-2008, 10:07 PM
Gosh damn pussies .......... I work 5 - 11 hour days.

To be honest, it's probably another 5 - 10 more counting late night and weekend hours.

kcpasco
06-13-2008, 01:16 AM
We do 4 9 hour days Monday through Thursday and 8 hours on Friday, then the next week just work Monday through Thursday on 9 hour days and get that Friday off. On the Friday you work you just split the eight hours on each work week for the paycheck.

But I also work for the DOE so most of the time I'm trying just to stay awake anyways. :)
Gotta love goverment jobs.

Ari Chi3fs
06-13-2008, 01:43 AM
Im on the 7 day weekend plan.

Buehler445
06-13-2008, 06:42 AM
Gosh damn pussies .......... I work 5 - 11 hour days.

To be honest, it's probably another 5 - 10 more counting late night and weekend hours.

I get paid like a pussy, so I work pussy hours.

MOhillbilly
06-13-2008, 07:57 AM
not me working 50+ hour work weeks is what made America strong.

chasedude
06-13-2008, 08:13 AM
I'm pondering shifting my hours from 7 12's to 5 17's.

I know it's tough to schedule those kinda hours when you have your own business.

chasedude
06-13-2008, 08:19 AM
I had a friend once that worked the "4th" shift @ Johnson Controls in St. Joseph. It was 3 x 12 hr days Fri - Sun. He loved the work because he got the whole week off.

If none of you know what kind of company Johnson Controls is they make batteries. He told me after that 3 days his Lead level was so high it made him lethargic the next day or two. He would then detox his body that week for the next shift.

He got paid really well for all that crap though.