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Compressed Work Weeks

guyWhat are compressed work weeks?

A compressed work week is a work option that allows employees to work more hours per day but fewer days within a one or two week period.

What are some of the benefits of compressed work weeks?

  • Allows employees to have a half day or 1-2 full days off per week, which results in longer weekends
  • Allows increased flexibility, thereby improving employee morale while decreasing tardiness and absenteeism
  • Allows employers to expand their business hours without paying overtime wages
  • Provides a recruitment tool for businesses
  • Helps to decrease the number of cars on the road during peak travel periods, thereby decreasing pollution
  • Has the potential to reduce vehicle miles of travel across the work week

How does this arrangement work?

There are several variations of compressed work weeks. Some employers may only offer one of these options, while others will allow employees to pick which option is best for them. The most common options include:

  • 9/80 -- working 80 hours within nine days with the tenth day off
  • 4/40 -- working 40 hours within four days with the fifth day off

How can I get more information?

You can contact DART at (214) 749-RIDE, the T at (817) 336-RIDE or DCTA at (940) 243-0077.


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