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Compress your workweek at these 11 flexible companies

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Does the five-day, 40-hour workweek still make sense? According to a survey from Robert Half, 66% of workers say no, preferring a compressed workweek.

A compressed workweek is an alternative schedule that squeezes your standard workload into fewer days, resulting in longer weekends. And though there’s more than one way to compress your workload, the most common is by working four 10-hour days (rather than five 8-hour days). 

The biggest perk to a compressed workweek is arguably having that extra day for yourself, but other benefits include saving time and money on your commute or childcare, schedule flexibility and greater work/life balance. 

The catch? Finding an employer that offers this benefit—only 17% do. Even still, an increasing number of companies are testing (and adopting) compressed schedules. Microsoft, for instance, closed its offices for 2,300 employees in Japan every Friday for five weeks and saw productivity jump 40%. Perpetual Guardian, a New Zealand firm, made the switch to a four-day work week permanent after a trial resulted in lower stress levels and higher performance and engagement.

Longing for longer weekends and fewer hours commuting? Find extra flex in your schedule at one of these 11 companies offering compressed workweeks.

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Basecamp

Over 10,000 companies use Basecamp’s project management tool to organize projects all in one place. Unlike email chains and one-off sticky notes, Basecamp’s features like message boards, file sharing and automatic check-ins all but eliminate the fuss of keeping everyone in the loop, assigning tasks and tracking progress to move projects forward.

What’s a compressed workweek at Basecamp? 

Example schedule: 8-hour workday, 4 days a week (32-hour workweek), May through August

Four months out of the year, from May 1st to August 31st, employees stick to summer hours: 32-hour, four-day workweeks. The way Basecamp CEO Jason Fried sees it, “You can get plenty of stuff done in 32 and 40 hours if you cut out all the stuff that’s taking up your time.”

During the months they’re not working compressed work schedules, the team regularly sticks to 40-hour workweeks.

Dell

With next-gen solutions, like Dell Technologies Cloud, AI, edge computing and enhanced data analytics, working at Dell means you’ll have every chance to get your hands on advanced platforms, tech and tools to make a real impact for others. 

What’s a compressed workweek at Dell?

Example schedule: 10-hour workday, 4 days a week (40-hour workweek)

Through its work flexibility program, Connected Workplace, eligible Dell employees can choose the work style that suits them best, from being fully remote to job-sharing (two part-time employees doing the work of one full-time employee) to compressed schedules. Opting for a compressed workweek gives team members the ability to fit work into less than five days, or “do a ten-day span and have time off on a recurring basis to attend to personal matters.”

Duke University

A top university and hospital, Duke University has been recognized as a best place to work by Forbes Magazine, Computerworld, The Scientist and others. (And of its top five undergraduate majors for the Class of 2023, computer science ranks number one.) So whether you’re one to turn data into actionable insights or build customized web-based software solutions, join Duke and you could be shaping the lives of students and researchers alike.

What’s a compressed workweek at Duke University?

Example schedule: 10-hour workday, 4 days a week (40-hour workweek) OR eight 9-hour days, one 8-hour day and one day off in a 2-week period (9/80 work schedule)

Employees are generally able to compress their work in less than five days, if preferred. A couple of ways employees schedule an abbreviated workweek includes working four 10-hour days, or compressing two weeks of work into nine or nine and a half days.

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KPMG

KPMG is an audit, tax and advisory firm that helps companies improve business performance and maintain compliance. And though KPMG has the backing of a leading global firm, you’ll find the culture as agile as a tech startup while you dig into designing solutions like AI-enabled managed services, implementing data science algorithms or pinpointing anomalies tucked away in large data sets.

What’s a compressed workweek at KPMG?

Example schedule: 10-hour workday, 4 days a week (40-hour workweek)

From telecommuting to compressed workweeks, alternative schedules aren’t standard across the organization, but team members can work out an arrangement with their managers.

“[Employee] satisfaction goes way up when they have control over their time,” says Barbara Wankoff, KPMG’s Director of Workplace Solutions. “And it increases employee morale and productivity and retention.”

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman is at the forefront of global security and brings us some of the world’s most advanced products, from naval systems to the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber to NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Become part of the Northrop Grumman team for entirely new experiences and the chance to solve challenging problems in space, aeronautics, defense and cyberspace.

What’s a compressed workweek at Northrop Grumman?

Example schedule: Eight 9-hour days, one 8-hour day and one day off in a 2-week period (9/80 work schedule)

Employees can design their schedule with options including telecommuting and 9/80 days (eight nine-hour days, one eight-hour day and one day off in a two-week period).

“These flexible work arrangements give our employees the freedom to integrate their personal and professional passions, increase productivity and help us retain and recruit top talent,” Northrop Grumman tells Seen. “This is just one of many benefits we offer to ensure our employees know we value them.”

Reusser Design

Whether a client needs an SEO strategy reboot, website facelift or brand new app, Reusser Design is ready and waiting to meet those digital goals. If you thrive in a space where you can unleash your inner creative and juggle projects with moving deadlines, Reusser Design might be right up your alley.

What’s a compressed workweek at Reusser Design?

Example schedule: 10-hour workday, 4 days a week (40-hour workweek)

Reusser Design gives employees a choice between working a four- or five-day work schedule. (At the moment, 75% of its employees choose a four-day week.) One way the team gets the most out of the shortened week is by setting aside two-hour blocks of time—no interruptions allowed.

Ryan

Ryan is a leading global tax services firm with over 14,000 clients across 50 countries (and named a great place to work time and time again). Working at Ryan, you’ll focus on developing enterprise apps, designing web-based software or troubleshooting Azure environments. 

What’s a compressed workweek at Ryan?

Example schedule: 10-hour workday, 4 days a week (40-hour workweek)

The Ryan team enjoys a culture that focuses on results (not hours) and have been enjoying the flexibility of four-day workweeks since 2008. As a result, Ryan saw employee turnover rate fall from 30% to 11% and watched as revenue and profit nearly doubled.

SteelHouse

On the cutting edge of ad tech, SteelHouse provides brands of all sizes advertising software to build stronger marketing connections. If you’re passionate about building intelligent, responsive products that make a real impact for the people they reach, you’ll find yourself right at home, whether developing UI components or optimizing performance for any of its creative products.

What’s a compressed workweek at SteelHouse?

Example schedule: One Friday off every month that doesn’t have a company holiday already

SteelHouse observes one three-day weekend every month that doesn’t have a company holiday in it already. On these days (called SteelHouse Days), the entire company closes its doors.

“Everyone loves a long holiday weekend because it’s refreshing and a needed break,” CEO Mark Douglas shares with Seen. “So we created that experience every month and it’s been our number one most loved perk.”

“We’ve found that giving an extra three-day weekend ensures everyone on the team is rejuvenated and ready to give their all—both to their fellow teammates and our clients,” adds Anna McMurphy, VP, Head of People, Culture and Entertainment. “When you value your team as human beings it’s truly incredible how they reciprocate and put in the extra effort for the company.”

PwC

PwC is an assurance, tax and consulting services provider that uses modern tech to drive business change for its clients (like how it helped Chipotle launch a new loyalty program that led to a 99% increase in digital sales). Join the PwC team and be on the front lines of helping companies implement the right strategies needed to scale.

What’s a compressed workweek at PwC?

Example schedule: 10-hour workday, 4 days a week (40-hour workweek)

Not all employees are required to adopt abbreviated schedules, but they are encouraged to follow a work schedule that fits their individual needs.

According to Anne Donovan, US People Experience Leader at PwC, “For us, flexibility is not about working less, but it is about encouraging people to work differently,” adding that “when done right, flexibility results in a happier, healthier, and more productive workforce.” 

Ultimate Software

Ultimate Software has made a name for itself as a leading provider of people management technology in the cloud (with customers like Subway and Yamaha as proof), and ranks #1 on Fortune’s Best Places to Work in Technology for 2019. Be part of the team to design innovative enterprise apps, solve challenging problems with tech like Python and Docker, and take part in a collaborative workplace with room for career development.

What’s a compressed workweek at Ultimate Software?

Example schedule: 10-hour workday, 4 days a week (40-hour workweek)

The company makes a real effort to put its people first—and workplace flexibility is a key part of this. While over 40% of its team telecommutes, about a quarter take advantage of flexible schedules and compressed workweeks to make their schedules their own.

Wildbit

A small but mighty software company, Wildbit’s collection of web products (Beanstalk, Postmark and Conveyor) helps companies streamline operations and build loyal customers. On the team, further hone your tech chops as you play a role in its growing success using tech like C#, AWS and MySQL. 

What’s a compressed workweek at Wildbit?

Example schedule: 8-hour workday, 4 days a week (32-hour workweek)

What started as a trial run turned into the norm (they first experimented with it in 2017). Today, Wildbit is a remote-first team that works 32-hour, four-day workweeks.

Natalie Nagele, Co-founder and CEO of Wildbit, shares with Seen her take on the success they’ve seen so far:

“After years obsessing over productivity for our team, we realized that results are not quantified by the hours we spend in front of a computer. The brain is like a muscle. You need to work it and then give it time to rest to recover. It turns out, that rest is where we get our best inspiration and ideas. It’s when we are taking a walk or gardening, not when we are sitting at a desk. The results have been obvious enough to convince us to continue 32-hour workweeks for the last two years. We’re more productive, we make better informed decisions, and overall energy is higher when we come to work on Monday.”

Find a compressed workweek that works for you

Scrunching 40 hours into four days or scaling back weekly hours to 32 might be what comes to mind first when you think of compressed workweeks. But there are other ways companies offer employees abbreviated schedules, too. This might be shorter work weeks a few months out of the year or a 9/80 work schedule.


Keep this in mind when you’re looking for a new opportunity that offers extra flex. And don’t forget, if flexible scheduling isn’t a company-wide option, that doesn’t mean you can’t negotiate an alternative schedule to break away from the usual 9-5.

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