compressed work schedule

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A compressed work schedule allows an employee to work a traditional 40-hour work week in less than the traditional number of workdays. This may be accomplished by adjusting a traditional work schedule to 80 hours in 9 days, or 40 hours in 4 days.

Employer benefits. Compressed work schedules provide a number of benefits to the employer, including a boost in employee morale, higher levels of productivity, operational cost savings, a reduction in employee absenteeism and tardiness, and reduced employee turnover. It also helps highlight the employer’s commitment to sustainability.

Employee benefits. Employees can enjoy a better work/life balance, reduced commuting costs, and more flexibility to schedule personal appointments on weekdays.

Regional benefits. More than 25 San Diego regional employers active in the iCommute program offer a compressed work schedule to their employees. This means fewer cars on the road, helping to lessen traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, flexible works schedules often help employees to commute during off-peak times. Regional benefits increase with each new San Diego area employer who adopts this type of schedule.

Local examples. SANDAG implemented a compressed work schedule on April 1, 2019. The agency adopted a 9/80 schedule, meaning that employees will complete 80 hours in 9 days and not work the second Monday of each pay period. SANDAG hopes this change will reduce vehicle miles traveled, greenhouse gas emissions, and operational overhead costs.

Compressed work schedule resources. iCommute can help you implement a compressed workweek program at your worksite. For more information about our employer program, call 511 and say “iCommute” or email iCommute@sandag.org.

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