You can extend your hours of operation, without hiring more employees, and make your current employees happier with their jobs.
Don’t believe us? Read on to discover how compressed work weeks can help your company and employees.
What is a compressed work week?
A compressed work week schedules employees for their usual number of working hours in fewer days per week or fewer days per pay period. The most common example is offering a four-day, ten-hour work week, rather than the standard five day, eight-hour work week. Your company can remain open for the entire week, offering employees different days of the week off, or the entire company can shut down for a day.
Why is this a great idea for employees?
A four day work week means employees will receive 52 extra days off per year. This extra time can be used for relaxation (creating a less stressed employee) or errands and personal appointments that would have previously cost them a vacation day. The improved work-life balance increases employee morale and job satisfaction, which leads to a more effective employee. With a 4 day week, their commuting expenses will be lessened which is both a benefit to the employee and the environment.
Why is this a great idea for employers?
Ten hour employee work days will allow you to extend your daily hours and offer your customers later appointments. This added convenience, can be a driving factor and competitive advantage over other companies in your area, causing an increase in your business. With longer hours per day being the norm, you can cut back on overtime expenses for emergency appointments that are sometimes added to the end of normal workdays. You also have the flexibility to create a schedule that has more workers scheduled during peak days of the week, and less employees when things are slower. In addition, with this added benefit being offered to employees, you will also have a recruiting advantage, allowing you to hire and retain the best.
Companies with compressed work weeks have reported an increase in employee morale and a decrease in absenteeism. These factors will help improve customer service and grow your business.
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