Originally Posted by GreenI.A.
We have been doing a 4 day work week aswell. For me it was simple math. Before the guys were working five days. It takes an hour in the morning to get out the gate and make it to our job sites. Then figure a hour drive back to the shop in the afternoon, and a half hour to unload and load up for the next day. With an 8 hr day we were only on the job sites for 5.5hrs, that's only 27.5hrs a week. Now we do four 10hr days, with the same time constraints we get 7.5 hours of production a day, which is 30hrs a week.
Working Monday-Thursday is great. We do a lot of 2day irrigation and lighting installs. So we usual schedule one to start Monday then a second for Wednesday. Same with small softscapes. On large construction jobs During the summer we find that a lot of our customers and their neighbors work a 4day week or work from home on Fridays, so they enjoy not listening to our equipment and saws as well.
Another huge benefit is when we need guys to work overtime. Guys are a lot more likely to volenteer to work ot on a Friday than they are on a Saturday. Guys are also less likely to call out for appointments since they have a weekday off to do them. They don't have to take a morning off to go to the dentist or to the DMV, one guy is about to have a baby, his wife schedule all the dr appointments for Fridays. It's definitely been a huge win-win
It's amazing what you can see when you sit down and break the numbers down. And even if we exceed 40 hrs and pay overtime in 4 days - we're still saving money.
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