Traditional Work Weeks Aren’t Exactly Traditional Anymore

What is a work week? Actually, what is a “traditional work week?” Even just a few years ago we would have defined a traditional work week as working Monday through Friday from 8-5. Today however, that definition has slowly been changing over the past few years as younger employees are entering the workforce and more demands for flexibility are being requested as part of the job.

An emphasis on work-life flexibility is important for a lot of employees in the workforce. So what are the best options for employers to have for work schedules that appease all of the needs of their employees?

In an article written by Steve Bates from SHRM, “Is a Four-Day Workweek the Answer?” gives some insight to whether compressed workweeks may or may not be one of those options. By scheduling a compressed workweek, meaning cramming 40-hours into 4 days (10 hours a day), companies may be able to encourage higher efficiency while allowing for three-day weekends. On the flipside however, HR experts suggest that if a company wants to allow for more personal time, like being able to attend family events with their children or for the random, but needed, doctor’s appointment, then they may want to come up with a different plan.

Most employees are not taking on “traditional” work week roles, meaning 40-hours a week from 8-5. A lot of upper level executive positions require a lot of extra hours that may add up to 50-60 hours a week and sometimes more. So every employee creates their own definition of “traditional” these days depending on what their employers expect from them in terms of hours and deadlines. By doing so, employees are able to participate in more personal activities away from work when needed.

Flextime seems to be a new solution for employees who want to keep a 40+ hour work week, but also want to enjoy family and personal time at home. This may mean that an employee varies the time that he/she comes into work and leaves the office and also by possibly working more hours one week than another. Individuals who may prefer flextime can accomplish their work while being in the comfort of their own home, on the weekends, or later into the evening.

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