A compressed work week of four 10-hour days would be a potentially popular option for many employees. Employers can require a four-day work week to save energy. In
- Improved morale — compressed workweeks can be a powerful recruitment and retention tool.
- Save energy both in fuel used by vehicles and office energy expenses.
- Save money particularly for employees who have long commutes.
- Time saving for employees who can commute during at least some non-peak times.
Of course, compressed work weeks don’t guarantee a perfect outcome. Some of the concerns to be aware of are:
- Fatigue — is the person/job suited to a consistent 10 hour, or longer work day?
- Potential accidents towards the end of a long shift.
- Scheduling conflicts for employees with child care.
- Meetings, production expectation, and customer needs.