Does a Compressed Work Week Make Business Sense?

According to research conducted by the Ford Foundation and Families and Work Institute, those companies willing to invest in programs that help employees balance work and family obligations gain and retain higher quality employees.

Compressed work weeks (CWW) are utilized as an effective management tool by hundreds of companies in metropolitan Phoenix. In fact, the number of employees in this area on a CWW schedule has increased by 56 percent since 1993. It is a new way of looking at your employees’ work schedules so they work the same number of hours in fewer days. This flexible scheduling can be arranged in various ways. Here are two of the most popular options:

For business reasons, CWW can help a company meet its bottom line:

Employees are more satisfied when they receive:

A flexible work schedule is rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after non-traditional employee benefits. A study conducted by Chicago-based Godwins Booke & Dickenson showed a growing number of employees rank flexible time management above raises.

Creating a CWW program? Consider these 10 points.

1. Be familiar with state and federal labor laws.

2. Appoint a committee from several different departments and levels to develop program.

3. State your company’s work days and work week.

4. Establish your core hours of the workday: for example 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

5. Decide on the earliest allowed starting and latest allowed quitting times: for example 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

6. Is a lunch hour going to be required?

7. Will personal time off be affected by flextime?

8. How will you handle holidays?

9. Establish rules of coverage.

10. How will you schedule non-exempt employees to avoid overtime?

For more assistance, contact your Valley Metro representative or call 602-262-7433. We also offer training that details how to set up your own CWW program.


"Employees on a CWW schedule say they have less mental and physical fatigue, enjoy increased morale, productivity, and quality-of-life." Tucson Electric Power Company Flextime Study.

"The most common reasons companies have a CWW program are: #1 to improve morale and; #2 to improve production and use of capital equipment." Creating a Flexible Workplace, Olmstead and Smith

"Employees here love the idea of having Friday off each week. Morale is up and SOV rates are down. Our most recent survey showed a 15% decrease!" Acoustic Imaging, Phoenix