08:53, Tue 29 Nov
Not sure if many are aware, but thousands of workers at hundreds of firms are trying this pilot programme over the next 6 months of working 4 days a week instead of 5.

Same pay but ... for example, 4 x 9.5 hr days instead of 5 x 7.5 hr days

I quite fancy that ... especially if i was at a firm doing x x M T x Th F

Thoughts ?
09:11, Tue 29 Nov
It's the way forward. People will do it for the thought of a 3 day weekend.
09:11, Tue 29 Nov
I would happily work this. Friday's always tend to be "non working days" for many within my company anyway so not a lot of meaningful stuff gets done of a Friday. Admittedly, this would only work for part of our company, as other parts have almost 365 operation.
09:26, Tue 29 Nov
Well, as you might know, we train drivers have been working a 4-day week for decades now....and it's great.

You're right in as much as some of the shifts are longer, but it's well worth it. It averages out at 35hrs per week over the cycle.

We have a rolling 2-day 'off' system....so Mon/Tue off first week, Wed/Thu off second week and Fri/Sat off 3rd week, then start again. Every 3 weeks you end up with Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon/Tue off, which is ace.

I really don't see any downside to it, if it doesn't impact the business.
There's too much opinion and not enough fact.
09:29, Tue 29 Nov
Your last line is the killer - Big business not an issue, but smaller businesses especially in say hospitality or retail where the opening hours have to be covered it is very difficult to make work.
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09:45, Tue 29 Nov
Yeah, I get that.

It would be very difficult for certain businesses.
There's too much opinion and not enough fact.
09:49, Tue 29 Nov
When 'we' got TUPE'd across to an American company a few years ago, they 'harmonised' (such a lovely word for reducing T&C's) our contracts from 37.5 hrs to 40 hrs a week so they could charge us out to the client for more hours. No, we didn't get the 12.5% payrise to match.


I don't see this being something taken up widely when we live in such a capitalist economy.
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09:52, Tue 29 Nov
not for me at this time in my life thanks. 4 x 9.5 hour days would mean not really getting to see my kids that much for 4 days then having a day off when they are at school.
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09:53, Tue 29 Nov
Impossible to implement for most industries and will drive would be employees away from businesses already struggling to recruit.

Arguably the only industries which could implement this are the ones which donโ€™t actually need to do so.
09:58, Tue 29 Nov
We are on 3 on, 3 off 12 hour shifts. I love it personally, along with rest days, I only work 144 shifts a year.
I'd really struggle to go back to a Mon/Fri 9 to 5 life.
Love the time off I get, it's why I've stayed there.
11:02, Tue 29 Nov
Lots of care homes do this. Staff work three days a week. Between 37.5 and 42 hours a week.
11:05, Tue 29 Nov
Rasputin
When 'we' got TUPE'd across to an American company a few years ago, they 'harmonised' (such a lovely word for reducing T&C's) our contracts from 37.5 hrs to 40 hrs a week so they could charge us out to the client for more hours. No, we didn't get the 12.5% payrise to match.


I don't see this being something taken up widely when we live in such a capitalist economy.

You can bet your house it will if productivity goes up. That's what the measurement will be, and any industry where they can measure it, will be all over it. As has already been said lots of people treat Friday as a day off - POETS day. It will be nothing to do with doing the right thing work life balance - how much extra bang can the company get for its buck. If there is no increase dropped as you say like the proverbial hot potato
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11:24, Tue 29 Nov
...been doing it for 3 years, love it, 37 hours split over 4 days....long days but the benefits of a long weekend every other week outweigh that.

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11:28, Tue 29 Nov
Robert Hopkins
Rasputin
When 'we' got TUPE'd across to an American company a few years ago, they 'harmonised' (such a lovely word for reducing T&C's) our contracts from 37.5 hrs to 40 hrs a week so they could charge us out to the client for more hours. No, we didn't get the 12.5% payrise to match.


I don't see this being something taken up widely when we live in such a capitalist economy.

You can bet your house it will if productivity goes up. That's what the measurement will be, and any industry where they can measure it, will be all over it. As has already been said lots of people treat Friday as a day off - POETS day. It will be nothing to do with doing the right thing work life balance - how much extra bang can the company get for its buck. If there is no increase dropped as you say like the proverbial hot potato

The benefit has to be mutual, or else it's never going to happen.

Employers will take a lot more convincing than employees.
There's too much opinion and not enough fact.
11:33, Tue 29 Nov
Used to do same shifts, 12hrsx3x3 but changed to 2x2, two nights first, get over nights when doing day shifts, only two night shifts make a difference to your sleeping pattern, it`s a great shift because you get 3 1/2 days off in between.
Not boasting (yes I am) I`m doing job sharing now so 2x2 and 12 off, loving it, I play lawn bowls so am able to do this and volunteer at the club in between, my life is fantastic at the moment. Seems like you and I are similar age (I`m 62).
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