Alternatives to the 8-hour work day

Will the 8 hour day be a thing of the past? If the 8-hour work day doesn’t work anymore, then what can it be replaced with? Surely, the 9-to-5 work day has been the status quo for so long, that it can be intimidating to even begin thinking about implementing any alternatives.

Your alternatives will definitely depend on your team members and on the scope of the work they do. It will also depend on what you are comfortable with as your team’s leader. If you’re really confident in your team, you can give them the option to choose between a few different alternatives. Here are some of them:

  • Flexible work schedule: team members choose when to do their work, and where.
  • Flexible schedule with a core work period, when team members are expected to be at work.
  • Schedule the work day around four or five 90-minute work blocks followed by 20-30 minute break periods.
  • Compressed work week: dividing the week into four days, possibly with 9 hours per day.
  • Expanded work week: dividing the work week into six days, with fewer expected hours each day.

You might also consider allowing different team members to choose their own alternative for what allows them to work best. It’s up to you. Whatever you choose depends on whether you care more about the results of your team members, or the number of face time they put in.

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