More and more companies have been adopting the idea of working a compressed work week. It benefits companies in a variety of ways and has a positive affect on the environment. Today you lucky readers get to meet Jenny Kennedy, a multimedia designer from The SmithGroup. Jenny graciously agreed to be interviewed about her experience working a compressed schedule. Check out what she has to say!

LC: What is a compressed work week and how are companies making it work for them?

JK: It allows people to work their usual amount of hours in less days per week. Companies are having their employees come into work earlier than usual and leave later so that they can have 3 day weekends.

LC: How does The SmithGroup operate?

JK: They use a modified compressed workweek where every other Friday is considered a SmithGroup holiday. Instead of working 10 hour days, like the standard compressed workweek schedule, my company
works 9 hour days.

LC: Would you prefer the classic 9-5 or the modern take?

JK: I definitely like this schedule better than the 5 day weeks. Since I am in graduate school I can usually get all of my homework
done on Friday so I can actually do things on the weekend. However, sometimes my coworkers and I find it difficult to be just as productive in the last hours of the day as we are in the beginning.

LC: As the trend picks up momentum, what type of companies do you feel it would be best/worst suited for?

JK: Most companies can employ this schedule except for companies
that provide daily customer service. However, if the compressed workweek ever
becomes the standard for California (as it is in Utah), companies
providing customer service can adopt this schedule as well.

LC: Of course, I need know how it affects the environment! Spill it girl, spill it.

JK: The compressed work week is very eco-friendly. People are commuting 1/5 less than they usually do, decreasing gasoline usage. Companies cut down their energy usage by 1/5, since employees only come in 4 days a week.

Thank you Jenny! It is nice to see that more companies are a straying away from the norm and proactively creating an environment that caters to both the needs of the business and staff preferences. The energy conservation and decrease in pollution doesn’t hurt either!