I have to admit I was pretty happy to hear about the option of working a compressed work week during the courting process with my current employer. To me it meant a three day weekend every other week and who wouldn't want to take advantage of that? But looking into it further provides a better understanding of how it fits directly into our company's philosophy of practicing what we preach.
When people are given the option to work longer days and shorter weeks, they are potentially staggering their hours when they commute. This could mean less time being part of the congestion problem whether it is on the road as a drive alone or on a full bus/train or bike path. Having half our staff in the office on any given Friday allows our business to conserve energy. And there is the obvious, if an employee isn't commuting on a typical work day - they alleviate the congestion/pollution issue all together. Of course, someone could argue that I may be creating more of a pollution problem by saving up ALL my laundry for my every other Friday off but that's another blog all together.
The State of Virginia is contemplating shutting down their offices one day a week to save millions of dollars as cited in the Washington Post.
So why not gage the interest of your fellow employees and talk to your employer about implementing a compressed work week at your office? If you need help, give me a call. But not this Friday - I'm off.