Alternative Work Schedules

Changing Your Schedule Can Make a Big Difference

By shifting the time you work each day, or by working fewer days in a compressed workweek, you can spend less time on your daily commute and more time getting things done. Typically, a compressed workweek consists of four days of 10-hour shifts, three days of 12-hour shifts or nine-hour shifts with one day off on alternating weeks. Flexible work hours consist of standard eight-hour days with shifted start and end times.


Research shows that altering your work schedule can help you feel more motivated and committed at work while reducing any feelings of burnout. By changing your daily commute so you’re on the road less during congested times of the day, you can spend less time in your car and more time with your family & friends, while saving money on gas. Not to mention, alternative work schedules also help everyone who can’t change their travel time by reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality.

Getting Started

Check with your company’s human resources department or supervisor to determine if they offer a compressed workweek or flexible work hour option. If your company does, you should also discuss with your supervisor which schedule works best for your department’s work load, as well as for you personally. If there currently is no policy regarding alternative work schedules, ask your human resources department to survey the other employees and determine the level of interest in flexible work hours or compressed workweek arrangements.

See What You Could Save By Changing Your Schedule

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