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  • Your employer may offer you an option of avoiding rush hour altogether. By varying when you work, you can choose to avoid traffic or to receive an "extra" day off!

    Compressed Work Weeks

    Compressed work weeks allow employees to shorten their work week by working longer hours each day. Two common ways of "compressing" the work week is either a "4/40" or "9/80".

    The 4/40 has the employee work four days per week of ten hours each day. One day each week is granted as an "off-day".

    graphic example of 4-40

    The 9/80, by comparison, has the employee only work nine hours each day, but only enjoys a day off every other week.

    graphic example of 9-80

    Staggered Work Hours

    Staggered Work Hours spread out the arrival and departure times of employees. If you feel you are more productive in the earlier portion of the day, then with staggered work hours, you could arrive at 7:00 am and depart by 4:00 pm. Or, conversely, you prefer working later into the evening, then arrive by 9:30 am and depart by 6:30 pm. Staggered work hours will help you avoid the worst of rush hour congestion.

    Flextime

    Flextime is similar to staggered work hours, in that the employee adjusts his or her arrival and departure times. However, flextime takes this the next step, by allowing the employee to flexibly identify arrival and departure times on a daily basis. This means that some days are "short" days, and others are "long" days. As long as the employee works 40 hours per week, then he or she can choose when to work.

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