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What Is a 9/80 Work Schedule? Benefits and Challenges

What Is a 9/80 Work Schedule? Benefits and Challenges

There are a lot of people who work the regular workweek structure of five 8-hour days for a standard 40-hour workweek. But depending on the type of business that you run, there could be another flexible schedule that works better. And one of those is the 9/80 work schedule.

It’s not going to work or be beneficial for every type of company out there. The setup of the work schedule requires employees to work longer hours. But what exactly do you need to know as a business owner to make sure it will fit with your business?

What exactly factors into a 9/80 work schedule? Let’s take a look at some of the benefits and challenges.

Here’s What We’ll Cover:

What Is a 9/80 Work Schedule?

How Does It Work?

Benefits of a 9/80 Work Schedule

Challenges of a 9/80 Work Schedule

Key Takeaways

What Is a 9/80 Work Schedule?

A 9/80 work schedule is put into place to try and increase your employee's productivity. By doing this, you can have higher levels of efficiency from your employees and reward them with an extended weekend. It usually works by balancing 80 working hours over 9 days, or a two-week period.

The schedule commonly works out to working eight 9-hour days, an 8-hour shift and then one day off. And it doesn’t matter how the hours are broken down. For example, you could set a schedule to have one full day off every two weeks or you could mix in a few half days here and there.

How Does It Work?

The time is broken into a two-week type of schedule. Your employees would work a total of eight 9-hour days and one 8-hour day over those two weeks to get an extra day off. So if your company works on a Monday to Friday schedule, your employees would still get that first weekend off like usual. But they would also get the following Friday off for a three-day weekend.

It’s also worth noting that the one 8-hour day consists of two separate four-hour time periods. The first week of the two-week schedule ends after the first four-hour period on Friday. The second week of the schedule starts at the beginning of the second four-hour time period that same Friday.

For example, it would work something like this:

Week 1

  • Monday, 7:00am to 5:00pm with an hour lunch (9-hour day)
  • Tuesday, 7:00am to 5:00pm with an hour lunch (9-hour day)
  • Wednesday, 7:00am to 5:00pm with an hour lunch (9-hour day)
  • Thursday, 7:00am to 5:00pm with an hour lunch (9-hour day)
  • Friday, 7:00am to 11:00am with an hour lunch (end of week 1)
  • Saturday and Sunday off

Week 2

  • Friday (from previous week) 12:00pm to 4:00pm (4-hour day)
  • Monday, 7:00am to 5:00pm with an hour lunch (9-hour day)
  • Tuesday, 7:00am to 5:00pm with an hour lunch (9-hour day)
  • Wednesday, 7:00am to 5:00pm with an hour lunch (9-hour day)
  • Thursday, 7:00am to 5:00pm with an hour lunch (9-hour day)
  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday off

As mentioned above, it all depends on the type of business that you operate to determine what setup of schedule will work best for you. Your business hours will differ too, as some businesses start their days earlier or later in the morning. You could also split the 8-hour day to work two half-days instead of getting a whole day off.

Benefits of a 9/80 Work Schedule

One of the biggest benefits of a 9/80 work schedule is that employees get more time off. Getting two extra half-days off every two weeks or a three-day weekend can boost employee satisfaction. And instead of the typical 9-5 workweek, you can test out something new to try and get the most out of your business.

Your employees will also have a better work-life balance. This means that not only can they be happier at home and have more time to spend with their family, but they will also come to work happier and more energized. Overall employee productivity and efficiency can increase significantly.

Challenges of a 9/80 Work Schedule

Some businesses wouldn’t benefit from the 9/80 work schedule because they can’t afford to miss out on a working day. It’s completely specific to the type of business that you do, but there could be a concern for losing production time. Your employees also work longer hours over the first four days.

One extra hour per day might not seem like much, but it could negatively affect some of your employees. Some might commute from different distances and losing that one hour could make their journey longer. The result is potentially missing out on special occasions with friends or family.

Key Takeaways

One of the first things that you can do to see if a 9/80 work schedule would fit your business needs is to review how your company operates. If your business relies heavily on the use of a production line, not having it in operation an extra day per week could cause issues.

But if the majority of your employees are independent or can work collaboratively then a 9/80 work schedule could fit perfectly. Look at some of your corporate or overall business strategies and see if there are any adjustments that you could make. Implementing a 9/80 work schedule can lead to increased productivity and higher employee morale.

Basically, having a more compressed work schedule that can result in four-day workweeks can award employees. Even if it has some potential pitfalls, employees can spend more time with family and friends or take extended weekend trips.

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