Everyone needs different things to be productive. For example, some people may work best remotely while others work better in-person. Providing flexible work options can help you access the best productivity for all your employees. A compressed work schedule is one of the flexible work options you can offer. Here’s what you need to know about compressed work schedules: 

What is a Compressed Work Schedule? 

A compressed work schedule is a schedule that allows employees to maintain a full-time work schedule (40 hours a week) in less than five days. There are many ways to create a compressed work schedule so it fits the needs of individual employees.  

 For example, a common type of compressed schedule is the 4/10 schedule, where an employee works ten hours a day, four days a week. Another option would be working nine hours per day for four days and then working a half day (4 hours) on the fifth day   

Pros of a Compressed Work Schedule 

Compressed work schedules come with many benefits to your organization. Some of these benefits are: 

  • Work-Life Balance: Having scheduled days off gives employees opportunities to spend time running errands, completing household tasks, enjoying a hobby, or with family. 
  • Less Absences: Because employees automatically get time or days off during the workweek with a compressed schedule, they are less likely to take time off or miss work for appointments.  
  • Longer Customer Support Hours: With employees working longer hours in a single day, there are more hours for your company to help customers, giving you a leg up on the competition.  

Cons of a Compressed Work Schedule 

Though compressed work schedules offer some advantages, there are also some disadvantages to be aware of. Here are some of those disadvantages: 

  • Potential Burnout- Longer workdays in certain industries may lead to burnout, which can increase risk of injury and decrease motivation.  
  • Overtime Compliance- Depending on how you schedule employees, there are some instances where you may owe overtime pay. Keep in mind that non-exempt employees are entitled to overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours a week. Overtime pay cannot be exchanged for future time off.  
  • Inconvenience- Though a compressed schedule may be valuable to some, others may have a hard time finding public transport or childcare through the extra work hours.  

Reviewing the pros and cons can help you decide if offering a compressed work schedule is right for your business. We also recommend you ask employees if this is something they would be interested in before making the switch. The level of interest in a compressed schedule may surprise you.