Compressed Workweek


Definition - What does Compressed Workweek mean?

A compressed workweek is a time arrangement that allows employees to condense a traditional workweek into an extended workday(s) based on the allotment of designated hours per week. Many individuals with fluctuating hours or erratic shift rotations may prefer a compressed workweek schedule by logging fewer days at work in proportion to the number of hours necessary to retain full-time status.

WorkplaceTesting explains Compressed Workweek

A compressed workweek continues to gain traction as one of several flexible work schedule alternatives in conjunction with telecommuting, reduced work hours, and job sharing as negotiable solutions to help balance personal obligations with thriving careers. Depending on the line of work, a compressed workweek can pose both upsides and downsides, often reflecting the essential job tasks that can carry mental and physical strain apart from tightening a work schedule. It is vital to weigh the cost-to-benefits ratio when leaning towards a compressed workweek schedule, with many people highlighting positive factors such as reduced stress from long commutes.

Many employers may offer a compressed workweek schedule that consists of irregular, biweekly time slots or rotating shift patterns available to employees to fill corresponding to a typical 35-40 hour workweek. A consultation with the human resources (HR) department with any company can determine if a compressed workweek is a practical option. Incidentally, employees should expect to advance their case for venturing into a compressed workweek schedule, illustrating reinforcement of work ethic practices by an extension of daily working hours through marked productivity to increase the bottom line.

This definition was written in the context of Ergonomics
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