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10-Hour Work Day

Published February 11, 2010 9:18 AM by
I'm switching my schedule around a little bit (with the help of my supervisor, of course).  I'll be working four 10-hour days now, instead of five 8-hour days.  I think this is going to be a good change for me.   I'm a little bit concerned that working later will be hard with my running schedule, but I'm sure I can make it work.

If you work 5 days per week, you are working 71% days of the year. If you work 4 days per week, your days worked per year drops to 57%. 

One clinical I was interested in during PT school was a position in an emergency room. The therapist assisted with differential diagnosis in the ER, assisted with gait training for patients who were able to discharge home, and floated to the acute setting in the hospital if the ER was slow.  The therapist works three 12-hour shifts and one half day. Actually, now that I write about the ER clinical, I wish it would have worked out. I would have liked that opportunity.  (Budget cuts ended the position in the ER.) 

I had a summer job in high school where I worked 11-hour shifts. It actually wasn't too bad.  The time went fast. I was exhausted by the end of the week, but I also had 3.5 days per week where I didn't work, and was able to relax and get personal things done. 

There are many pros and cons to working different schedules. Longer days at work can be tiring, but also give you an extra day at home. Commuting 4 days a week is much different than commuting 5 days a week, especially if you are in a bigger city. But, working shorter days at work gives you more time in the evenings to make dinner, exercise, and spend time with your family. 

It's fun to dream about changing my schedule or rearranging shifts.  I can organize more weekends with my family, or even pick up more overtime hours.  But, the best benefit is working at a flexible, fulfilling job- regardless of the hours. 

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I am just starting my new 4-10 schedule this week.  I am very excited about having a 3 day weekend without having to take accrued leave.  The amount of money this will save me in gas will be beneficial too.  I look at it as 52 less days per year that I have to spend at work.  

Sarah H May 16, 2011 12:19 PM

That actually sounds like a really good deal-once you body adjusts...As an aide I did 10hr days and it truly was no different than the 8hr days after the first 2 times I did it. Unfortunately I was still in school, so I didn't get the extra days off though.

Veronica Haywood February 17, 2010 9:23 PM

I worked 4 10's for awhile.  I am one of those people who stays until the work is done, so I was working more than 8 hours on any given day anyway.  Since I was salary I wasn't getting paid for the overtime, though.  Really, once I was there, the extra two hours a day wasn't that big of a deal.  At the time I didn't have children though.  Doubt that schedule would work with my current lifestyle.  But at the time it was perfect.  We just ate a later dinner, then any errands I had, I'd do on my day off.  I'd still have the rest of the day to do whatever.  The flexibility is wonderful!

Janey Goude February 15, 2010 1:43 PM

Flexibility is the key.  I switched from 8's to 10's and back to 8's at one job due to my own schedule and it was beneficial for both me and the employer.  

jason February 14, 2010 9:53 PM

I totally agree with this blog.  I loved my extra day off when I worked 4 10s.  Being able to go to weekday appointments without having to take off from work was a huge plus.  Yes, I was super-tired after work, but if I went directly to work out or run, I felt as though I had accomplished 3 times what I would have working 5 8s.  All in the head?  Sure, but it works!

Jason Miller, MPT February 14, 2010 12:39 PM
Austin TX

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