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We’ve been hearing stories about the “flexible work week” from countries around the globe for quite some time. The concept of compressed work weeks is no longer for European countries now however, as Millennials lead the charge towards the concept of a more flexible work environment that starts with ending the concept of a 9 to 5 job.
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Here’s a few things to know about the work week and our traditional concept of what defines work hours:
Despite the desire of Millennials and employees from other generations to work in an environment where flexibility and the compressed work week are a possibility, many businesses are reluctant to accept the concept.
One reason is simple—our cultural norms here in the U.S. tend to view the compressed work week as something for people who lack initiative or who don’t want to work “full-time.” Despite the fact that it’s easy to fit a 40-hour workday into four days, there’s a lot of hesitance because it doesn’t fit with what we see in America as the type of work style and ethic required to get ahead. That may be a cultural shift that’s nearly impossible to make, although with the difficulty employers are having recruiting and retaining Millennials, it may be a shift that becomes a necessity.
It’s also hard for many employers to see the real benefit of providing a compressed work week, or other scheduling options like telecommuting, in terms of their bottom line.
Even if a business owner or managers of a company can see how there would be benefits in terms of productivity and efficiency with a different work schedule style, they also see that it can add intricacies and complexity to scheduling and balancing the work load of employees.
Also, from an even more technical standpoint, in some states if an employer gave their employee a three-day weekend every week, but they worked four 10-hour days a week instead, the employer would be required to pay overtime for those days.
Ultimately, if you’re considering implementing a flexible or compressed work week into your business, think about the following:
What do you think about the compressed work week and flexible scheduling? Is it something you’d like to see adopted more broadly here in the U.S., or do you think it has the potential to spell trouble for our economy?
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