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Title: Would you do this? . . . Every other Friday off from work.
Post by: jpcher on February 01, 2013, 05:54:47 PM
My company has an option where you can work an extra hour a day (9 hours/day instead of 8 ) for two weeks and then get every other Friday off.

Just curious as to what you all would do.

In the past, I would have voted "No. My afterwork schedule doesn't allow it" because, when the DDs were younger there was always something else to do -- chauffeur them to activities, help with homework, serve dinner on time, etc.

I no longer have those "restrictions" but I'm wavering between taking the option or not.

Now? I'd vote "No, for other reasons."

I really like going into work every other Friday where I'm the only one in my particular office that doesn't take this option. So it's a very quiet, peaceful day. I leave the outer (hallway) door closed, keep the lights off (very soothing on the eyes for computer work) and get a whole lot of work done in a leisurely, but extremely productive manner. No interruptions, no "Help me now!" or "This needs to be done ASAP!" requests. In other words, no pressure headaches.

Am I odd for enjoying these solitary work days and not taking advantage of the every other Friday off benefit?



edited to change the  8) icon . . . 8 followed by a close parenthesis does that. :-\
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Post by: Delia DeLyons on February 01, 2013, 06:03:29 PM
I'm actually on this schedule at work and love it.  Barely notice the extra hour on 9 hour days, and love having that 3-day weekend every other (sometime 4 with holidays, no leave necessary!) 

I like to use the day off to run errands... Or just revel in being home without the guilt that sometimes comes with a sick or vacation day :-)
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Post by: WestAussieGirl on February 01, 2013, 06:08:32 PM
I voted yes but I do t think you are strange.  I often go into work on a Sunday just to get that quiet time.  I get so much more done without the interruptions of a regular day.
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Post by: bansidhe on February 01, 2013, 06:10:05 PM
My schedule doesn't allow for it and I wouldn't do it for other reasons.  Part of the reason my schedule doesn't allow for it is that my husband works four-tens, so he gets home fairly late Monday through Thursday. That means I need to get home at the normal time to start feeding everyone and doing around-the-house chores. On his Fridays off, he runs a bunch of errands in town that I can't do because I'm at work.

Aside from that, working an extra hour every day doesn't appeal to me in part because I've got a two-hour round-trip commute. Adding another hour makes for a very long day.
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Post by: Sharnita on February 01, 2013, 06:13:16 PM
It might not be work, it might be the drive, the cost of gas, etc. driving people to choose the Friday off option.  If I am at work anyway I might as well stay and work the extra hour.  Then every other Friday I don't have to brave icy roads, spend money on gas, add miles to my car.  I can also schedule doctor's appointments and various other things for those days so I don't have to take time off of work.

I know somebody who works longer hours 4 weekdays and one weekend every month so she can be home with her toddler for a weekday (her husband is there the weekends she works).
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Post by: Outdoor Girl on February 01, 2013, 06:21:31 PM
I don't think you are strange at all for liking a day to work in peace and quiet.

My workplace has a slightly different program.  We work an extra few minutes every day for 4 weeks and then can book off whatever day we like in the next 4 week period.  The only issue would be making sure there is enough office coverage so then it is first come, first serve if everyone wants the same day off.  But with 14 of us and the minimum number being 3, it is almost never an issue.

It does make it a little difficult for vacation and sick time because we have to claim 1.05 days for each vacation or sick day but that's the only issue.
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Post by: JenJay on February 01, 2013, 06:29:26 PM
I voted yes because I love the occasional "Me" day when I can get the husband and kids out the door by 8:30am and have the house to myself until the first one is home at 3:30pm. That said, if I was going to have the office to myself as you described I'd probably do that instead.
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Post by: hobish on February 01, 2013, 06:50:07 PM

I definitely would if only because i am usually at work an extra hour anyway, especially now because i am on a new project and i am super crazy busy and everyone is mad at me and i would love to actually get something out of it (besides tears and curses:P)  I also don't think you are odd for liking the office to yourself at all.
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Post by: Hmmmmm on February 01, 2013, 07:26:50 PM
I started this schedule in 1994 with the company I worked for then. It was partv of their "green" initiative ti reduce employee commute emissions as well as a employee benefit. I worked 7:30 to5:15 with a 45 min lunch.  In 1998, in took a job with a different company who didn't have that schedule.  I only stayed with them for 18 months, partly because I missed my Friday off.  Been with my current company 13 years working this schedule. I would hate to loose this perk. And the Friday web do work is an 8 hour day.

Eta:  for a number of years I worked the alternates Friday schedule.  Meaning that 70% of the company took the Friday off worked, and I took off them Friday most worked.  I did it to make sure we had management coverage, but also because I liked the quiet of thosec Fridays.  There was never any meetings.
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Post by: lady_disdain on February 01, 2013, 07:29:09 PM
Have you talked to your supervisor? I would argue that I would love the day off but leaving the office completely unstaffed that Friday might not be a good idea. Suggest taking the next Monday off, instead of Friday.
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Post by: siamesecat2965 on February 01, 2013, 07:54:17 PM
I am envious. My company used to do that, but my job at the time didn't allow for it. And then too many people abused it, so they stopped it altogether. I would love to be able to do that. I work 2 jobs so being able to have an extra day every couple of weeks would mean my weekends could be a lot less crazy.

but that being said, no, I don't think you're strange for not wanting to do it. I know I love it when I'm the only one in my dept in the office, as its so much quieter and I tend to get a lot more done. we are allowed to work from home, and everyone but me does it one day a week. I actually hate it. I find I'm more distracted, and our remote connection has some quirks that make it annoying to do a lot of what I do. I do do it when the weather is bad, and have on occasion done it when I had a lot to do at home, so I could do it at lunch, and right after I signed off.
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Post by: Bijou on February 01, 2013, 09:00:12 PM
I said no because when I was working always did  a 4/40, which means we either got Monday off or Friday off.  The same day if the week  all the time.  I wouldn't want to have Friday off just every other week...I want it every week!  I LOVED it! 
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Post by: catgal on February 01, 2013, 09:55:45 PM
I have every Friday off and love it.  I can make appointments, see friends and clean the house.  This leaves more time with DH on the weekends.  He has now started a job where they can work an extra hour a day and take every other Friday off.  He was working 9 hours a day anyway, and now we have an extra day fortnight together.  His workplace has assigned which teams can take the first Friday off and which take the second. It seems to now be the industry norm in his field of work.
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Post by: Venus193 on February 01, 2013, 10:08:00 PM
Three of my past companies had alternate Fridays off during the summer -- with pay.  Loved it.
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Post by: P12663 on February 01, 2013, 10:26:54 PM
At a place where I used to work you could have Monday or Friday off.  But, only two people could be on the same schedule.  When I showed up, both Mondays and Fridays were full, so I took Wednesday.  I liked it.
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Post by: KenveeB on February 01, 2013, 10:32:08 PM
I would absolutely do this, but I can understand why not everyone would prefer it. I like working near holidays when everyone else takes off for just that reason. I figure I'll go in when it's quiet and get a lot of work done, then save my time off for times when I really need the break! :)
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Post by: kareng57 on February 01, 2013, 11:05:25 PM
One of my past employers had the 9-day-fortnight option, meaning that employees who subscribed could have either every other Monday or every other Friday off.  My late Dh worked a Tuesday-Saturday schedule, so of course I jumped at the chance to have every other Monday off.
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Post by: Sophia on February 01, 2013, 11:12:57 PM
 I might take it but I understand liking the quiet.  I once worked as an engineer what I called the noon to whatever shift, since <50 hour weeks was laughable.  But, I get twice as much done in the evening as in the afternoons. 
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Post by: Bethczar on February 02, 2013, 12:09:31 AM
I used to work four 10- hour days and have Thursdays off. I loved it, especially because my husband had every other Thursday off, so we could spend a weekday together. (It's so much easier to get things done in the middle of the week!)

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Post by: JoieGirl7 on February 02, 2013, 12:30:00 AM
You would still have a quiet work day every other week.
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Post by: Slartibartfast on February 02, 2013, 01:50:26 AM
DH gets to set his schedule (within reason), and he often takes a 2-hour lunch and then stays until 6:30 or 7 PM.  He gets a nap (or time to play with Babybartfast) in the middle of the day, and he gets time to really focus in the evenings after everyone else has left for the day.  I think if we both were working, I would definitely go for this schedule - if only to have one day every two weeks to schedule errands, doctor appointments, etc.  As it is, I'm a SAHM right now so I get to do errands EVERY day  ::)
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Post by: starry diadem on February 02, 2013, 03:08:09 AM
I did it for years when I was still working.  Loved it.  I loved having a day at home to myself, and I barely noticed the extra minutes added to the preceding 9 working days to 'pay' for it.
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Post by: atirial on February 02, 2013, 06:13:40 AM
I used to work a similar schedule - you could accrue flexi-time and take an extra day every two weeks at most. I loved it because it was much easier to get all the tasks round the house and errands run during the week than at weekends when everyone else was also doing them.
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Post by: kckgirl on February 02, 2013, 08:03:36 AM
At my job, everybody works this schedule. We have eight 9-hour days, one 8-hour day,  and every other Monday off. When a holiday falls on our flex day, the flex day is moved to the preceding Friday. There is a published yearly calendar with all days marked so nobody gets confused (except, of course, those who never look at the calendar).
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Post by: HoneyBee42 on February 02, 2013, 08:53:55 AM
I would completely love to do this if it were possible to elect a different day off--for me, Wednesday would be the best day to have off.
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Post by: Adelaide on February 02, 2013, 11:03:40 AM
I'm torn. On the one hand, the human brain is better able to appreciate/utilize off time if it's a longer amount of time. So while you might not notice working that extra hour, your brain could rest better and would notice the day off. On the other hand, what you've just described sounds heavenly. I get most of my work done in the library when there's no one else around, like when there's a huge party or I go in early. I definitely don't think that's it's weird to enjoy your quiet time at work. :)
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Post by: Jones on February 02, 2013, 01:29:45 PM
I would do it, as it would make scheduling doctor and dentist appointments without losing work time easier. Also, the local schools get out by noon on Friday, so I can see the appeal for those who have to arrange and pay for babysitting (my husband is the primary care provider).

That said, I think I'd rather have every other Monday off than Friday.
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Post by: stitchygreyanonymouse on February 02, 2013, 01:41:12 PM
I said no, for other reasons, because right now I just canít picture myself doing 9-hour days.

My company has done 4/10s and this scheme during summers past. I always want to say no, but then the idea of having an extra day off sounds really nice, so I do it. Halfway through the summer, Iím totally burnt out. The 9 hour days are definitely beter than the 10 hour days for every Friday off (or in my case, I prefer Monday).

That said, part of the problem is that I appreciate being able to work 9:30-6 on a daily basis. If I add hours, I do so in the morning, and I really donít like waking up any earlier.
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Post by: Tea Drinker on February 02, 2013, 05:58:13 PM
Full days I might. The last place I worked had optional "summer hours" in which people were asked to stay an hour later Monday-Thursday, and then could leave at 1 p.m. Friday (on a usually 9-5 schedule, with an hour for lunch). I tried it for a little while, and realized that most Fridays I was just going home and taking a nap, and it wasn't worth working longer four days in order to not do anything interesting with the afternoon off. (I also noticed that the "summer hours" meant a 36-hour week instead of 35, assuming of course that you didn't need to stay late anyhow--but sometimes people who were taking summer hours had things come up and only got to leave a couple of hours early.)

My boss was willing for us to do it some weeks and not others, as long as we let her know in advance--so I wound up doing those hours 2-3 times a summer, so I could catch an early afternoon train to see my girlfriend in another state without using half a vacation day.
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Post by: Erich L-ster on February 02, 2013, 06:20:56 PM
2 work weeks = 10 days - 1 friday off = 9 days

9 days x 1 extra hour per day = 9 extra hours

9 hour cost for a free day where a regular day would be 8 hours

They are getting a free hour of work?
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Post by: newbiePA on February 02, 2013, 08:35:33 PM
I would love this. A 9 hour workday is way shorter than my usual workday.  I'm in healthcare and 50-60 hour work weeks are the norm for me.  Since I am salary, no overtime either.
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Post by: Hmmmmm on February 02, 2013, 09:26:19 PM
2 work weeks = 10 days - 1 friday off = 9 days

9 days x 1 extra hour per day = 9 extra hours

9 hour cost for a free day where a regular day would be 8 hours

They are getting a free hour of work?
No, every company I've heard of who does this had an 8 hr day for the work Friday.
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Post by: snowdragon on February 02, 2013, 09:41:42 PM
I've done it. It was lovely.  I also did 12hour shifts and worked only T-W-Th = even lovlier. and I got to travel all over the Maritimes because I the extra days off. If I could find a job that offered it I would do everything I could to arrange it.
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Post by: Venus193 on February 03, 2013, 08:36:57 AM
I would love this. A 9 hour workday is way shorter than my usual workday.  I'm in healthcare and 50-60 hour work weeks are the norm for me.  Since I am salary, no overtime either.

There are many other fields where this is true.  I've put in so many ten-hour days in my time that this wouldn't be a big deal.
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Post by: Margo on February 03, 2013, 09:53:15 AM
I'd do it. I often work longer than my official hours anyway, so the extra hour wouldn't be a big deal.  But I can understand not doing it to enjoy the quiet time at work. We have a rota to cover having the office open with a skeleton staff on Saturdays., then we get a day off in  lieu. As Saturday is always really quiet, I can catch up on a lot, then, and then if I take a Friday or a Monday off I get the relaxation of a long weekend.
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Post by: lkdrymom on February 03, 2013, 10:38:22 AM
I did that shift as well as the 4- 10 hour day one whenmy kids were really young. It saved on daycare costs and I got a day off to spend with them...but it was very had doing those 10 hour days. Once they were in school or had after school activities it would never work.
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Post by: Snooks on February 03, 2013, 10:52:03 AM
I said yes, purely because as others have said if you tend to work over your hours anyway you're unlikely to notice the extra hour and then you get your time back with the full day off.  I don't think you're odd for enjoying the quiet in the office though, it's the same reason people like to work from home.
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Post by: CakeBeret on February 03, 2013, 12:21:53 PM
I would do it in a heartbeat. I need the occasional day at home, alone, to relax and recharge.

But I also get enjoying the quiet work time. I'm most productive when I can silence my ringer, put in headphones, and work without interruptions.
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Post by: magicdomino on February 03, 2013, 12:35:33 PM
My office does have this option for the administrative staff, and several people really enjoy it.  I'm not interested because I'm already working 9:30 am to 6:00 pm, in order to avoid the worst of rush hour traffic.  Working an extra hour later would have me leaving at 7:00, which doesn't leave much time for stuff at home.  Working an hour earlier in the morning puts me in the middle of rush hour traffic, doubling my commute, and forcing me to get out of bed 1 1/2 to 2 hours earlier to make up the difference.  I hate mornings too much for that.
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Post by: jpcher on February 03, 2013, 01:04:41 PM
2 work weeks = 10 days - 1 friday off = 9 days

9 days x 1 extra hour per day = 9 extra hours

9 hour cost for a free day where a regular day would be 8 hours

They are getting a free hour of work?
No, every company I've heard of who does this had an 8 hr day for the work Friday.

The bold is true. Sorry I forgot to mention that in the OP, but it doesn't really seem to make a difference according to the poll results!
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Post by: Winterlight on February 03, 2013, 02:50:16 PM
It might not be work, it might be the drive, the cost of gas, etc. driving people to choose the Friday off option.  If I am at work anyway I might as well stay and work the extra hour.  Then every other Friday I don't have to brave icy roads, spend money on gas, add miles to my car.  I can also schedule doctor's appointments and various other things for those days so I don't have to take time off of work.

I know somebody who works longer hours 4 weekdays and one weekend every month so she can be home with her toddler for a weekday (her husband is there the weekends she works).

This. I would love to be able to do it. Then I wouldn't have to burn leave to go to the doctor or whatever, since my specialists don't work weekends.
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Post by: kherbert05 on February 03, 2013, 06:28:44 PM
My boss did something similar. He needed more people on duty from 7:00 -7:30 because we open our doors earlier than most campuses in our districts. Most open at 7:15 but we need more time to feed breakfast to our kids - nearly 100% of our kids eat at school.


Since I'm there anyways - I monitor the breezeway and get to leave at 3 instead of 3:30. Except with Science Olympiad and class I was taking I I haven't been able to leave "on time" 3 days a week since we got back from break. The class is over Monday is the last Olympiad practice - but I have to be at Olympiad all Day Saturday.