30 Jul 2015 12:00:00 AM

Compressed Work Week

Full time employees are allowed to shorten their work week by working fewer but longer work-days during the week.
  Some examples of these arrangements are as follows:

4/40 Schedule: Employees work four 10-hour days and have the 5th day off.

MON TUE WED THU FRI
10 hours 10 hours 10 hours 10 hours off

9/80 Schedule: Employees work a total of 80 hours in nine days. In most cases, employees work eight 9-hour and one 8-hour day. The 10th day is usually taken as an off day.

WEEK MON TUE WED THU FRI
1 9 hours 9 hours 9 hours 9 hours 9 hours
2 9 hours 9 hours 9 hours 8 hours off

12-hour Shift Schedule under a 3-week cycle: Under the 3-week cycle above, the employee would work 48 hours on Week 1, 36 hours on Week 2 and 48 hours on Week 3. This is often adopted by organisations that require employees to work on weekends.

WEEK MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
1 12 hours 12 hours 12 hours off off off 12 hours
2 12 hours 12 hours 12 hours off off off off
3 12 hours 12 hours 12 hours off off off 12 hours

5-4/9 Schedule: Employees work a week of five 9-hour days followed by a week of four 9-hour days allowing employees a day off every other week.

WEEK MON TUE WED THU FRI
1 9 hours 9 hours 9 hours 9 hours 9 hours
2 9 hours 9 hours 9 hours 9 hours off

Important Considerations
  • Proper policy, system controls and reporting must be in place prior to implementation.

  • Employees and supervisor must have a significant amount of trust to successfully implement a compressed work week arrangement.

  • A degree of control over this FWA is needed depending on the company’s policies (security system, clock in hours, reporting).

Related Documents

Policy Implementation Guidelines: Compressed Work Week