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Compressed work weeks involve working longer hours each work day, but then earning extra days off. The most common CWW approaches include four 10-hour days per week with a three-day weekend or, more commonly, nine 9-hour days with every other Friday off. In essence, you bank extra hours and then spend them for long weekends.
A CWW benefits employees by allowing them long weekends for travel or family commitments and the ability to have time off during normal working days/times. Having weekday time off for errands or family opens up weekends for more free time and relaxation. It also certainly helps getting Christmas shopping done or taking the family to the latest kids’ movie without the crush of crowds. Finally CWWs can reduce the need for paid childcare.
Employers often prefer CWW to other flexible workplace arrangements because they can be assured that employees are indeed putting in full time at work, and because employee time off is more predictable, making it easier to plan meetings and other work activities. As such, it is often easier to negotiate with your employer for a CWW than other alternative work schedules.