I recently Graduated from University, and started working in the big bad business environment about a month ago and I seem to have adopted the all-so-familiar work hard - play hard ethos. Problem is that it's really quite hard to keep up with such a lifestyle, and i know I dont want to hang my hat up
just yet and commit to the humdrum monotonous life that innevitably lies ahead.
Therefore I propose a change in our working week. As far as I know this doesn't exist anywhere, and certainly not on the HB.
It would go something like this
Mon: 9am - 5pm
Tue: 9am - 5pm
Wed: 1pm - 5pm
Thu: 9am - 5pm
Fri: 9am - 5pm
Sat: 1pm - 5pm
therefore, after 2 solid days work, you can go out and blow off some steam, stay out late, and sleep in on wed morning then go in for the half day.
Another 2 solid days of work, and another late start and half day.
Then the whole of sunday off.
To me this works out great, because I'm still meeting my weekly quota of 40 hours, but intead have 3 nights of being able to go out without the risk of being massively tired and/or hungover the following day (me right now - at the office).
There would be halfday shifts on wednesdays and saturdays, morning/afternoon to ensure the business stays fully operational throughout the week.
Now, I realise this involves working on a saturday afternoon. but so what, the way I see it it would do some good for businesses to have 6 days a week operational presence....benefit surely.
Another benefit would be that young promising staff wouldn't be so tired and hungover all week that they could add even more value
Also this would better discipline us to go out and let loose only on the designated nights...and not on school nights (will always call them that).
This ofcourese this isn't a week that replaces the old one, but rather as an option/benefit for the people out there like myself....
this arrangement could even be used as a strategic organisational recruitment tool to attract those yuppie-esque work hard - play hard, young aspiring professionals......there would have to be heavy screening and sharp HR, so as not to end up hiring a cohort of lazy, freeloading, questionable-alcoholic bums.