In a two-week cycle, a "9/80 work schedule" is a compact workweek consisting of eight 9-hour days, one 8-hour day, and one day off. Employees work four 9-hour days accompanied by an 8-hour workday divided into two 4-hour cycles under a traditional 9/80 scheme.
In such type of schedule from Monday till Thursday (4 Days) an employee has to attend the office for 9 hours (making a total of 36 hours) and on Friday for 4 hours for the current working week (collectively totaling 40 hours per week as a full-time employee) and another 4 hours to be added into the following working week on following Monday.
Here it is vital to comprehend that if a public holiday falls on the scheduled day off of the employee that should be given a day of 8 hours off and that can be availed in 12 months period. If a public holiday becomes on a 9 hour scheduled workday, the system read that as 9 hours off and 1 hour as a vacation.
Too, it is mandatory to give overtime pay to the hourly employees who work more than 40 hours per week (on a wage rate of 1.5 x regular per hour wage) of the original wage structure. The 9x80 work week starts and ends at the Friday noon, is the time management, as well as the wage administration, for the companies with 9/80 work schedule.
Important to know here that there are also work schedules which are flexible like working for a typical 40 hours per week may be converted into working as four days a week and every day consists of 10 hours, consequently having three days off the long weekend. This is also known as CWW - a Compressed Work Week.
Empiricism clarifies the impact of several factors on CWW. Of those, the distance from the workplace is one variable; and commuters' transportation way is another, they both, and other variables, impact the employees' willingness to work on a CWW basis or otherwise.
A 9/80 workweek has to work as your employees work 40 hours per week, making it 80 hours a fortnight (two weeks or fifteen days). Instead of 8-hour days and five days a week, in companies with a 9/80 work schedule there are four 9-hour days at least in a week (36 hours total), including the fifth day as an 8-hour day split into two halves – making the first four hours (36+4=40) into the first week and the rest four into the next week.
Hence every other Friday (the fifth day of the alternate week) is an off day for your worker; in other words, there is a day off every other week.
Following are mentioned the advantages and disadvantages of the 9/80 work schedule:
The word 9/80 hours is self-explanatory, describing 9 days and 80 hours per two-week period. The phrase like 9 of 80 is also used at some places by some senior officials regarding this arrangement of the 9/80 schedules.
Some companies with a 9/80 work schedule follow as described above, and other may follow forty hours per week as four days a week 10 hours a day, making three days off every weekend.
At all, companies opting for 9/80 work schedules must discuss the arrangement starting from strategic level including all the employees as important stakeholders, and devise a plan which is worthwhile working for all, considering your organizational need and requirements of the time; and all the ins and outs of the 9/80 and other work schedules in comparison. What suits you and your employee best is the best work scheduling provided that is not unlawful.