Compressed Workweek (Schedule Alternatives)

Compressed Week CalendarAlternative schedules, such as flex-time, compressed workweek and staggered work hours allow employees to alter the standard 8 to 5 work week. These alternatives are time-management options offered by CSUDH to help employees avoid peak hour traffic and parking congestion or at least reduce their exposure to it. Please see Presidential Memo - 77-36 Modified Workweek Policy for additional information.


Flextime makes it much easier for employees to coordinate with rideshare partners, meet transit schedules, or bike or walk during daylight hours.

Compressed Workweek

Compressed work schedules (such as a four-day, 40-hour workweek) can eliminate commuting altogether one day a week for many employees.

In a compressed work schedule program, employees work a full-time schedule in fewer days, by working more hours a day. The day off can be the same for all employees, vary or rotate regularly - but most employers choose to assign days off to ensure adequate coverage. The most common compressed schedules are:

  • "4/40" - A 40-hour week consisting of four 10-hour days and one day off a week
  • "9/80" - 80 hours worked over two weeks, consisting of eight 9-hour days, one 8-hour day and one day off. HINT: If employees take Fridays off, their work weeks begin and end Friday at noon; if they are taking Mondays off, then the work weeks would begin and end on Monday noon.