Compressed Work Week - less commuting

I've never worked a compressed work week. It seems like it would be a good idea for saving gas. Who in their right mind wants to work every day of the week when they could cut one out and still earn the same income.

The relative difficulty or cost of this tip is rated 1 to 10. A rating of 10 suggests that this tip is the most difficult or most costly. Expected savings are also rated 1 to 10. A rating of 10 suggests that this tip will provide substantial savings in fuel, money or both.

Compressed work week. Who says your 40 hour work week can't be compressed into 4 days instead of 5? If you work four 10 hour days instead of five 8 hour days, you are a gas saver on what would be the fifth day. That's a 20% savings each week.

If you drive about 10,000 miles a year to go to work, and you get about 25 MPG, then at $4 per gallon, that's $1,600 in fuel costs. If you save 20% of that, you are saving $320 a year. You are also saving wear and tear on your car and you, cost of parking, and your time.

If you start working four days a week instead of 5, then every week you get a three day weekend. Save gas, save time, and get a three day weekend every week? Put me in coach!

Your place of employment might have such a program already. If not, why not suggest it? This will be especially important if you live a considerable distance from your place of work. The price of gas hits everyone, management too, so they will understand the need to consider a compressed work week as a means of saving gas.

If there are concerns about having to offer this to every employee, then suggest a minimum distance for implementing the program - say 35 miles, or 50 miles. I know people that commute longer than that.

Also, management doesn't have to be equal to everyone, as long as they are fair. Fairness in this case can be achieved by giving consideration to four day work weeks to those that ask, and for those positions which are conducive to a four day work week.

If your request won't be considered simply because all the other employees haven't asked, then what could more unfair than that? You shouldn't be penalized because of your initiative and self-interest in a compressed work week, and their lack of interest.

This idea is well suited to the individual who is negotiating new employment. Make it a condition of your employment that you regularly work four 10 hour days, instead of five 8 hours days. Since it is a condition of employment that you negotiate on an individual basis, it is perfectly fair to others.

They had the same chance to negotiate something similar when they joined the outfit. Right? Or didn't they think of it? Regardless, when you change jobs, you just might get the opportunity to work a compressed work week and have extended weekends every weekend - if you make that part of the deal.

Cost or difficulty ranking: 6
Savings on gas ranking: 4

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