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Michelle Wilkinson
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In the past, I had a 4-day work week. It was wonderful! I enjoyed the fact that I always had a 3-day weekend. Statistically, scientists have proven that having the 3 days improves quality of work. During those 3 days, you have the time to get the errands done that can't be done during the week, and still have the time to have a 'weekend'. I experienced that. I always felt rested when I returned for work. And my work received the benefit of an energized, creative individual. It was also beneficial for the organization. The company wasn't open the 3 days, and the overhead savings from that extra day of non-work were significant. It was a win/win situation for all. I bet you would really enjoy it!!
Anonymous
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Having supervised staff on a four day work week, the most effective thing you can do to give your supervisor confidence in the proposal is commit to a weekly (or twice monthly) update on your work and projects. This has a huge impact, especially if you are working with colleagues who have a five day week. You want to be clear about your progress and status completion- this builds trust and makes those less visible hours impactful.
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I was working on a 4-day/32 hour per week consultancy for a company who asked me to take on additional work and come on as a full-time hire. I was able to negotiate keeping the 4 days with 40 hours time on a trial basis for 90 days. I've now been on that schedule for 6 years. Two key arguments in favor: 1) I am able to dedicate solid work time after regular business hours and show how much gets done between 5 and 7pm by my deliverables, and 2) I monitor email and make myself available for brief calls or a very occasional meeting if urgent on my Fridays off. The confidence of my team that they can reach me if urgent (though they are respectful of my day off if not) helps alleviate concerns. I love the 4-day week and say go for it if you can!
Jennifer
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I would love to have this option but as a manager, I need to be available all the time. I agree with those that say you have to have the right position to do it. I could see it working for many positions, especially if it is a company that does 3 shifts but for most I would think it is just a dream.... I get emails and calls after work hours and on the weekends. I can choose not to take them or answer emails but as a manager you need to be available. For those that can negotiate it, DO IT!!!
Tracey Morris
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I recommend asking for the opportunity to work 4 days a week for a short period of time -- say 60 or 90 days -- as a "trial period". This gives you a chance to prove that you can get your work completed in that time frame as well as test how often you are needed on your off day. Many employers are going to still require a 40 hour work week, so make sure you set a schedule that aligns with your manager's and clients expectations.
ODESSA RICHARDS
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Seasoned Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist
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In my current role I'm working three days a week. Im actively looking for another job so the two days I work from home allows me to interview.
Anonymous
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From what I have found, unless the company is open to flexible working accommodations or already offers this sort of arrangement, you REALLY need to plead your case. Often if they agree to a 4 day workweek, it would involve you still getting 40 (or more) hours into the 4 day week, still making yourself available on some of the days off (for important company initiatives) For many roles, this just may not be available. It may also depend on company size, organization, etc
Patricia Ayuso
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Software Developer, Agilist, and Data lover
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I haven't been in that kind of negotiation however, as a manager, I think that you can talk about having weekly goals so you can organize your time. As the previous post said, it depends on the position. My concern will be, what happens if we need you that day that you're off. Think about that situation and how you would like to be. Hope this helps you!
User edited comment on 11/20/20 at 12:58PM UTC
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I have had the opportunity in my last job to work four days a week. The only way I could convince is to complete my 40 hours in 4 hours.....so I had long working hours M-Th but 3 day week ends which I did not mind at all. I was not in client facing/sales role...I know some of my colleagues in sales roles request was rejected. Depending on the role and the company, try and put forward a plan as to how you plan to achieve the results/goals with changed hours/days.
Sarah Stadtherr
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Do you need to edit to say "40 hours in 4 days" (not hours)?