4-Day Work Week Schedule Examples: 5 Options

4 day work week origin

If you’re looking to introduce a new, four-day work week schedule for your company, there are really only three existing, practiced options: 32 hours over four days, 40 hours over four days (also known as the 4-10 or compressed schedule), or a seasonal four-day work week (Fridays off in the summer).

But since I’m guessing you might be looking for something like the four-day work week to choose from, I’ve included two other schedule templates to consider: the 9-80 work schedule and the 9-72 schedule.

These are the five common work schedule templates that include four days of work either every week or every other week. Under each schedule template, you’ll see a description and examples of companies using the schedule currently.

  1. 4-day work week (32-hour schedule)
  2. 4-10 schedule (compressed work week)
  3. 9-80 work schedule (5-4/9 schedule)
  4. 9-72 work schedule (every other Friday off)
  5. Summer Friday policy

 

4-Day Work Week Schedule Templates

4-day work week (32-hour schedule)

What is the 4-day work week schedule?

The company has four working days per week rather than five and each day consists of the normal eight-hour work day. That makes for a 32-hour work week (and a three-day weekend) for the full-time employees at that company.

When people talk about the four-day work week, they are typically referring to this schedule. In most cases, companies would remove Friday from the work week. Here’s a common format:

  • Monday: 9-5
  • Tuesday: 9-5
  • Wednesday: 9-5
  • Thursday: 9-5
  • Friday: Off

Which companies do the 4-day work week?

Company

Policy

Jobs

Story

Basecamp

Seasonal
32 Hours

United States:

"As I write this it’s the first week of May, and there’s an energetic buzz in the air — because it means that Summer Hours are about to start here at Basecamp. 

During summer, we work 4-day work weeks, aka 'summer hours'. Summer hours are in effect from May 1 through August 31 each year."

Microsoft Japan

Trial
32 Hours

Japan: 

"Workers at Microsoft Japan enjoyed an enviable perk this summer: working four days a week, enjoying a three-day weekend — and getting their normal, five-day paycheck. The result, the company says, was a productivity boost of 40%," said Bill Chappell in an NPR article.

Shake Shack

Trial
32 Hours

United States:

"Many employers aren't just moving to 10-hour shifts, four days a week, as companies like Shake Shack are doing; they're going to a 32-hour week — without cutting pay. In exchange, employers are asking their workers to get their jobs done in a compressed amount of time," Yuki Noguchi said for NPR.

Shopify

Seasonal
32 Hours

Canada:

In a tweet by Carl Rivera, VP of Product, said, "Today Shopify announced Fridays off for R&R through August. A response to lower rates of vacation being scheduled, despite the increased mental pressure from the changing times that we’re in. And, we also have no meeting Wednesdays (since before it was cool)."

Kickstarter

Unknown

United States:

"Kickstarter plans next year to test a four-day work week with some or all of its employees, though details of that remain to be figured out, including whether all workers will have the same schedule," wrote Ina Fried for Axios.

Panasonic


Permanent
Optional

"Executives at some Japanese firms are reacting to the pandemic by adopting more flexible work arrangements.

Those at Panasonic say they will allow their employees the option of scaling down to a 4-day week."

See: Every Company Doing A 4-Day Work Week

Read: 32-Hour Work Week: The Complete Guide

 

4-10 work schedule (compressed work week)

What is the 4-10, compressed schedule?

The full-time employees at a company work four days per week with 10-hour work days. This compresses a typical 40-hour work week from five days into four, giving the company the same amount of hours but in fewer days.

Here’s a common format:

  • Monday: 8-6
  • Tuesday: 8-6
  • Wednesday: 8-6
  • Thursday: 8-6
  • Friday: Off

Which companies do a 4-10 schedule?

Company

Policy

Jobs

Story

Think Productive

Permanent
4-10

United Kingdom:


"Since November 2011, our UK team have worked to a 4 Day Week (4DW). At that time, we were one of only a handful of companies in the world to consciously ditch the 5-day work week in favour of a permanent 3-day weekend."

City of Redding, CA

Optional

9-80 
4-10

January 8, 2018

"The purpose of the Modified Work Schedule Policy is to enable City employees the flexibility of working a modified schedule rather than the traditional work week (8 am to 5 PM - 5 days per week)."

Lockheed Martin

Permanent
9-80
4-10

Unknown start date

"Lockheed Martin Aeronautics adopted a 4/10 schedule allowing employees to have every Friday off and flex time during the work week to attend to personal business. Employees spend time during their three-day weekends with family and friends, finding new hobbies and interests and having more personal time without using vacation."

Toshiba

Trial
4-10

Japan:

"Technology group Toshiba will begin a four-day workweek in June for employees on the plant floor, giving them one more day in exchange for longer hours while on site, maintaining the annual work hours."

City Of Morgantown, WV (City)

Trial
4-10

For the next year a large majority of workers employed by the City of Morgantown will be working four days a week. 
The work week is Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., according to interim Morgantown City Manager Emily Muzzarelli.

'Employees will work their 40 hours in four days or four 10-hour days,' she said."

Morrisons

Permanent
4-10

United Kingdom:

"Morrisons is reportedly set to shake-up its head office working practices by introducing four day weeks – although staff will still be required to work one Saturday a month.


The changes include a reduction of weekly hours from 40 to 37.5 – working nine instead of eight hours a day over four days, plus a six-hour day one Saturday per month."

Elephant Ventures

Permanent
4-10

United States:

"The software and data engineering company is testing out a compressed four-day workweek starting this week. Employees will have 10-hour days, Monday through Thursday," Kathryn Vasel wrote for CNN Business.

Procurify

Optional
4-10

January 25, 2021

Canada:

"Procurify values its people and allows for a fully remote four-day workweek. Team members have the flexibility to work a four-day workweek like Ko or to spread their tasks over five days."

Iloilo, Philippines (City)

Permanent
4-10

March 28, 2022

"We need to adjust because of rising costs of fuel. This will mean savings on electricity and less traffic. As an added value, this will also allow our officials and employees to have quality time with their families for three days — Friday, Saturday and Sunday," said Mayor Jerry Treñas. City Hall targets to open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Thursday, to cover the required 40-hour work week.

Keller, Texas (City)

Trial 
4-10

May 22, 2022

"The Keller Town Hall, Municipal Service Center and the records department of the Keller Police Department will begin a trial of the “compressed work schedule” for employees beginning on May 28, according to a post by the City of Keller."

Read: 4-10 Work Schedule: Complete Guide

9-80 work schedule (5-4/9 schedule)

What is the 9-80 (also known as the 5-4/9) schedule?

A 9-80 work schedule isn’t technically a four-day work week since every other week has four working days. But this is a common, alternative schedule that companies consider to mix up the standard work week.

Over a two-week period, the full-time employees work a normal 80 hours. But instead of working 10 business days, the company works nine. Like the 4-10 schedule, the 9-80 schedule compresses the same amount of hours into fewer days. Typically, the company would give every other Friday off and then spread those eight hours that were missed over the other nine days. Here’s a common format:

Week 1

  • Monday: 9-6
  • Tuesday: 9-6
  • Wednesday: 9-6
  • Thursday: 9-6
  • Friday: 9-5

Week 2

  • Monday: 9-6
  • Tuesday: 9-6
  • Wednesday: 9-6
  • Thursday: 9-6
  • Friday: Off

What are some organizations that offer the 9-80 work schedule?

Organization

Policy

Start Date

Quote

BAE Systems

Permanent

9-80

"BAE Systems, a global defense and aerospace company, offers a work schedule called 9/80, where employees work 9-hour days for 9 days and everyone in the group has every other Friday off. They introduced the schedule in 1996 to attract and retain employees during the dot-com boom."

Chevron

Optional

9-80

"To accommodate the '9/80' work schedule, the work week will be redefined with every other Friday as a non-work day. The work week will begin after 4 hours (half way through the work day) on the Friday worked."

City of Corona, CA

Flexible

Optional

9-80

"For employees who work a 9/80 flex schedule, please note the following regarding how to report your regular time and overtime (OT):

The term “Flex Day” means the day you work every other week (either on Friday or Monday, depending upon the schedule you have selected)"

Roth Staffing Companies

Permanent

9-80

*2016


This program has most likely run much longer.

"The slam dunk is our flexible 9-80 schedule. The majority of our competitors average 12-13 hours per day. While they make a great living, they don't have a great like without the balance."

City of Redding, CA

Optional

9-80 
4-10

"The purpose of the Modified Work Schedule Policy is to enable City employees the flexibility of working a modified schedule rather than the traditional work week (8 am to 5 PM - 5 days per week)."

City of Coronado, CA

Permanent
9-80

"The CITY and the UNION acknowledge the implementation of the 9/80 work schedule for employees in the Public Services Department. The CITY will review, and, if feasible, implement a 9/80 work schedule proposal from the UNION for the Golf Course Operations Department."


Lockheed Martin

Permanent 

9-80

*May 2, 2019

This program has most likely run much longer.

Work-life balance at Lockheed Martin is very opportune because we have a 9-80 schedule, so we get every other Friday off."

Twitter

Optional

9-80

"Twitter announced support for a 9/80 schedule (1 day off every other week) but none of my reports were comfortable taking it until we announced that myself & team leads would be taking it. If you're a people manager, you have a responsibility to normalize actually using the perks."

Denbury

Partial
9-80

Listed under the company's time off policy:

"9/80 Flexible Work Schedule for Employees in Plano"

General Dynamics

Optional

9-80

"How flexible? Most employees are on a 9/80 schedule working 8, 9-hour days and 1, 8-hour day over a two-week period, getting every other Friday off. We also offer Holiday Leave, Paid Time Off and My Time – time off that doesn’t need to be accrued."

SAIC

Optional 
9/80

"Optional work program providing the choice of having every other Friday off at most work locations. This flexible work program allows you to work 80 hours over 9 days and have an additional day off during a two-week pay period."

Textron Systems

Partial
9/80

"At Textron Systems, we have a variety of Compressed Work Week schedules for our employees. Depending on job function and location, we offer a 9/80 schedule (every other Friday off), a 4/10 schedule (every Friday off), or a combination of the two."

Aera Energy

Optional

9/80

"You start with four weeks of paid vacation each year, 10 paid holidays each year and a 9/80 work schedule that gives you every other Friday off."

Leonardo DNS

Optional

9/80

"We understand there is more to life than work. That’s why we believe it is important to offer such programs like our flexible work schedule with our 9/80 Program..."

Fluidra

Partial
9/80

"Our alternate work week (9/80) offers most employees every other Friday off."

UCLA

Partial

9/80

"A full-time work schedule that consists of 40 hours in one designated workweek, or 80 hours in two consecutive workweeks.  On our campus, alternate work schedules consist of flextime and compressed workweeks."

Hunt Consolidated

Partial
9/80

"A 9/80 work schedule allows our employees the flexibility to better meet their personal needs while also considering the needs of the office. Under this schedule, employees work 9 hours a day from Monday to Thursday; work 8 hours on every other Friday; and have the alternate Friday off."

Los Alamos National Laboratory

9/80

"The most popular work schedule is the "9/80"—employees work 80 hours over a nine-workday (two-week) period, with a Friday off every other week.

Talk to your manager about available options and how to select the option that is right for you."

Read: 9-80 Work Schedule: Complete Guide

9-72 work schedule (every other Friday off)

What is the 9-72 schedule?

This is where employees have a normal five-day, 40-hour week followed by a four-day, 32-hour week. In other words, every other Friday is off with normal work days outside of that. If you have positions that are required to be on during normal work hours (like client work or support), you could have half of your team on each Friday for coverage.

Here’s a common format:

Week 1

  • Monday: 9-5
  • Tuesday: 9-5
  • Wednesday: 9-5
  • Thursday: 9-5
  • Friday: 9-5

Week 2

  • Monday: 9-5
  • Tuesday: 9-5
  • Wednesday: 9-5
  • Thursday: 9-5
  • Friday: Off

What’s an example company that takes off every other Friday?

Fifth Tribe

See Also: 20 Creative Twists On The 40-Hour Work Week or Working 60 Hours Per Week

Seasonal 4-day work week (Summer Friday policy)

What is a summer Friday schedule?

During the summer months only, a company will offer some form of Fridays off. It’s a seasonal change to the work week schedule. This could be offered in the form of a seasonal 4-10, 9-80, 9-72, or by simply cutting Fridays from the schedule during the summer months.

Here’s a common format:

  • Monday: 9-5
  • Tuesday: 9-5
  • Wednesday: 9-5
  • Thursday: 9-5
  • Friday: Off

 

Which companies offer Summer Fridays?

OfferUp

OwlLabs

See Also: The 60-Hour Work Week | Average Work Hours Per Week For Every Country

 

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