Post # 1
I just started my new job and I was offered the opportunity to work Mon-Thurs 10 hour days, so that I can have 3 day weekends, awesome! So, I work 7:30-6 (extra half hour because of unpaid lunch). I did this for the first week of work and it was just fine.
I have the chance to switch back next week to 8 hour days Mon-Fri if I don’t like this 10 hour a day schedule and it just has me thinking…
Being at work for 10 1/2 hours is LONG, and not getting home until 6:30 is kind of a drag and depressing because it is dark outside, but having 3 day weekends is great. But the thought of working the full 5 days and getting off work by 4 and being home by 4:30 lingers in my mind…lol
SO has Tuesdays and Wednesdays off, so either way I’m not really getting any more time with him, except if I were home earlier on weekdays.
I just wanted to know, what would you choose for your particular job?? 10 hour or 8 hour?
Post # 3
@PinkElephants21: I used to work 10 hour days 4 days a week. At the time, I really resented getting home so much later than everyone else but having that extra day off makes such a difference. If I had the chance, I’d go back to that schedule in a heartbeat.
Post # 4
Mon-Thursday 10 hours. I’ve done long shifts and I personally like them. The more days off the better! I like to get my work done and the relax! Unfortunately I don’t have these types of hours anymore. 🙁
Post # 5
@PinkElephants21: I would totally do the 10 hour days, as long as you don’t have a hellish commute (though that would mean you’d save 1/5th the gas cost and 1/5th the wear and tear on your car.)
I work 12 hour shifts regularly (sometimes longer) my day is supposed to be 8 hours. I voted 10 hour days. An extra 2 hours would be worth the 3 day weekend for me. (Can you work through your lunch if its unpaid to get out of work earlier?) Or go in an hour earlier so you’re only leaving an hour later?
I work in a 24/7 environment, someone always has to be there ready to go. So I work weird shifts, overnights, weekends, etc. But it also means I never get less than 3 days off in a row, once a month I get 5 days in a row off, the other stretch is 4 days in a row. I don’t know how people don’t end up totally packed up on weekends. I get to do my doctor/dentist appts in the mid-morning of a weekday, my grocery shopping is done with all the retirees on mid-morning or afternoon on a weekday. I go for lunch with my pops (he’s retired), get my car serviced, etc. I never have to wait in lines. That means my weekends are free to do what I want, visit, cook, ski, travel, etc.
Post # 6
@PinkElephants21: I really hate going to work. I mean just the action of getting up, showering, getting dressed and being there by _:__am/pm. Once I’m there, staying an extra two hours wouldn’t bother me. My last job I did over 34 hours in 3 days every week. It really didn’t bother me at all. If I had to stand for all that time, then yes, it would have been horrible, but I was sitting at a desk. As long as I’m not standing most of the shift I would prefer to work longer hours and less days.
Post # 7
Great points. I’m already set on staying with the 10 hour days because I do love the fact that I have an extra day off, especially attached to the weekend!
The fact that its pitch black out when I leave work is just a bummer lol I already can’t wait for winter to be over!
@sostobe: no hellish commute, thankfully! And yes for sure having a weekday off is great for running errands and certain appointments.
Post # 8
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I have the option to work 8 10 hour days per 2 week period, 8 9 hour days + 1 8 hour day per 2 week period, or 10 8 hour days. I choose the 8 hour schedule, work 4 of 10 days from home, and maximize the amount of after-school hours I get to spend with my kid. I would rather work every day and be home at a reasonable hour for time with my family every day. But I have a lot of staff who work the compressed schedule options, and it works for them. To each their own.
Post # 9
@sostobe: that’s like my schedule. Once a month I get 7 days off and its awesome. Schedule everything during that time and its perfect for vacation or weddings!
Post # 10
Considering I currently work at least 10 hours a day 5 days a week I would love either of those options 😛
But to answer your question, I would probably choose to do 5- eight hour days. During summer when we aren’t busy we work 4- 10 hour days and I don’t really like it all that much. I usually am so lazy on that extra day off that I don’t accomplish anything because I’m just tired from working the rest of the week. I also absolutely hate getting home so late. So, if I could choose I would definitely go with the 5- eight hour days.
Post # 11
@PinkElephants21: Ive worked 4 by 10s in the past and LOOOOOOOVED it. I, too, had an unpaid half hour lunch but seriously it didn’t feel any different than an 8 hour day and its great to have the extra day off
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church
I work 10 hour days 4 days a week (a different weekday off each week) and definitely prefer it to working a five day week with shorter hours.
Post # 13
I would love to have the option of working 4 10-hour days. I currently work 8-4:30 5 days a week. Some days I work longer if I need to.
Post # 14
I have worked a compressed schedule before and I loved it. Sure.. at time the day dragged on but nothing felt more awesome then going home on Thursday knowing other people would be at work tomorrow and I had already put my time in! 🙂
At my work we could choose which day we wanted off though and it could be any day (pending what others in the workplace were doing, not everyone could take the same day). But one woman took wednesday to break her week up.
Could you take a Wednesday? Then you could get a break in the middle of the week and spend time with your SO?
If not I would still choose compressed!
Post # 15
@PinkElephants21: 10 hours for sure! And I am in the same situation where my Fi has different days off…but working 4 days a week vs 5 would be so amazing. I am jealous!!
Post # 16
I think I’m in the minority here, but I hated working 10s! By the time I got home, it was too late to cook, and I really didn’t want to do errands. So my ‘extra’ day off felt like it was spent catching up on the rest of the week. With a normal 8 hour shift, I can do quick errands and still be home early enough to cook dinner. Plus I still have time afterwards to relax and decompress.