Compressed Work Week

A program designed to allow eligible full-time staff members to work longer scheduled days of work with the intent of working fewer than five (5) full work days in each week.


  • Employees establish a 40-hour work week by working four 10-hour days.
  • “Summer hours”: Longer hours Monday through Thursday and shorter hours on Friday (often during summer vacation months)

Employees retain full pay and benefits

May reduce commuting time and costs

May reduce childcare and eldercare costs

Provides a low cost employee benefit

May enhance productivity, with fewer interruptions during atypical office hours

Employee may not be as productive working a longer day

Employee may not receive supervision at all hours

May create challenges related to hours of child & elder care availability

May cause under-staffing at times

How office coverage will be maintained

Definition of tasks when supervisor is absent

How to coordinate schedules and communication

Adapted from: Center for Work, Family and Personal Life, 2004. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, A Guide to Job Flexibility at MIT.