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Structure of the week

  1. Jul 8, 2008 #1
    What do you think of the (almost ubiquitous?) structure of the week: 5 consecutive days of work and then two consecutive days of rest and then repeat? I think it is pretty good for promoting healthy lifestyles.
     
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  3. Jul 8, 2008 #2

    JasonRox

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    I like it. I would never want 2 separate days off. It wouldn't allow you to do a small getaway (trip) to anywhere. For those who enjoy camping in the summer, two separate days would ruin the summer.

    The only problem I have is with only 2 weeks of paid vacation a year. I have no idea how people settle for that. I'm currently still a student so it's not a problem as of now, but after I'm done school, I am definitely considering moving to France. I met people there and they said you get minimum one month a year paid (sometimes you get a month and a week depending on the month).

    Note: Some months occassionally have more business days than others.
     
  4. Jul 8, 2008 #3

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    They move on to better jobs where vacation is a negotiable part of the compensation package.
     
  5. Jul 8, 2008 #4
    I like it ok, but I think we should have Sunday and Monday off instead of Saturday and Sunday. I hate going to work on Mondays.
     
  6. Jul 8, 2008 #5

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    I would love a nice normal work week like that. :biggrin:
     
  7. Jul 8, 2008 #6

    lisab

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    I would prefer four 10-hour work days and three off. It would be nice having three days off, plus it would reduce commuting costs.
     
  8. Jul 8, 2008 #7

    JasonRox

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    Yeah, that would be better. I agree.
     
  9. Jul 8, 2008 #8

    DaveC426913

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    I worked a 4,3 week for 2 years. A 9.5 hour day is hard on an aging mind & bod.

    Routine is good. 5,2 is perfect.
     
  10. Jul 8, 2008 #9

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    The reason Mondays are tough is that you get to sleep in on the weekend and shift your sleep rhythm just enough to make it hard to shift back to getting up early again at the start of every new week. I have a feeling it would be even more difficult starting that first day back to work after 3 day weekends (I already know it is when I have a 3 day weekend due to a Monday or Friday holiday). On the other hand, I wouldn't complain about 3 weeks work and 1 week off.
     
  11. Jul 8, 2008 #10
    10 hours, 4 days a week with a 3 day weekend might be good for me, but it would be terrible for my boss. I get 8 hours work done in a day whether the day lasts 8 hours or 10.
     
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  14. Jul 8, 2008 #13
    I think the state of Utah recently began doing that for a number of its government employees, if only to save on gas.
     
  15. Jul 8, 2008 #14

    lisab

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    BTW, I opened this thread thinking there would be construction involved...
     
  16. Jul 8, 2008 #15

    Moonbear

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    :rofl: Me too! I was thinking structure as in building, bridge, something like that. Structure of the week like Word of the day.
     
  17. Jul 8, 2008 #16
    When I was considering going to the military the Sergeant that was going to recruit me (boy was he pissed when I ended up declining) told me that when you work on base you usually get 12 hours for 2 days and then 2 days off, rinse, repeat. I don't know how truthful he was being and whether or not that's for all jobs, but I wouldn't be able to do that I don't think. It's 2 days of your life gone vs. still being able to do something with those 4 hours.
     
  18. Jul 8, 2008 #17

    Astronuc

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    I was expecting the Eiffel Tower or Taj Majal or Brooklyn Bridge or some similar structure.
     
  19. Jul 8, 2008 #18
    Me too.
     
  20. Jul 8, 2008 #19
    Or another one of those rotating buildings like the one in Dubai.
     
  21. Jul 8, 2008 #20
    I know people who have 7 12 hour workdays followed by 7 days off.

    I definitely prefer 5 days on 2 days off.
     
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