I tried a 4-day, compressed workweek. Here are 7 reasons why I wouldn't want to do it again.
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- I tried a compressed workweek - which had me working 10-hour days for four days per week - and I did not like the unusual schedule.
- I felt more stress and pressure to outperform the amount of work I usually do in a week, leading me to long for the weekends more than ever.
- I found it difficult to set up meetings and to get help from managers because our schedules did not always align.
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As companies continue to prioritize their employees' work/life balance, some - like Amazon - are shifting to a compressed workweek.During a compressed workweek, you work four days a week and have a three-day weekend. Some companies require employees to still work 40 hours a week. In that case, employees work 10-hour days for four days. Other companies allow employees to cut the hours down to 32 hours a week, so they work their usual eight hours for four days. Advertisement
For some, it's a dream setup, and companies are reportedly reaping the benefits too, citing increased productivity and decreased stress levels.
When I decided to test out the compressed workweek for two weeks, I was excited to see what this new schedule would be like. I must note that halfway through the first week of my experiment, I was told to work from home as part of the ongoing pandemic concerns, but I continued to work 10 hours for four days a week from home.At the end of my two weeks, I was surprised to learn that I prefer my usual schedule. Keep reading to find out why.
Adding an extra hour to my workday seemed like it wouldn't be a big issue, but it was surprisingly difficult.
During the extra hour of work, I had no support system.Advertisement
Working just four days a week but turning out the same amount of work — and then some — was very stressful.
I was surprised to learn that I worked faster but not necessarily smarter.Advertisement
I found myself looking forward to the weekend more than ever before.
Trying to align my unique schedule with other companies that work normal hours was challenging at times.Advertisement
It's not a great practice for all businesses, especially those in the industry I work in.
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