Dinesh Divekar
Business Mentor, Consultant And Trainer
Autumn Jane
Workplace Happiness
Hr Consultant
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Dear all,
I am working with an IT solutions company where we have 6 days working.Now I have been asked to redesign HR policies,I want to ask that reducing 6 days working to 5 days working will really help? will it increase productivity??????,as per my discussions with our employees, most of them are not happy working on Saturdays.So if we reduce it to 5 days working, will it help or it will have adverse effects?????????
please reply.........
Thanks and Regards
29th August 2009 From India, Lucknow
Dear Archana,
Employee productivity does not depend only on number of weekdays. It also depends on employee's skill, knowledge, motivation, work culture, knowledge management etc. There is so much hidden expenditure involved, that management generally does not take into account.
What you are concentrating on is only the tip of the iceberg? What about the bottom portion of iceberg?
Dinesh V Divekar

29th August 2009 From India, Bangalore
Dear Mr. Dinesh
I guess most of the employees are not happy because other department may have 5 days working.this might be the reason which employees are giving on sake of productivity.
Thanks and Regards
"The trouble with being punctual is that no one is there to appreciate it"
30th August 2009 From India, Ghaziabad
Dear Raj,
It is a matter of perception. Employees always have a pinch of what they do not have rather than what they have.
I would recommend Archana to design measures of performance and then shift to 5 day work week. Therefore, number of days of the week will not matter.
Productivity depends on workplace communication, coordination and so on. Let me reiterate that number of working hours is only a part of it.
Doing more or producing more by consuming less working capital is a major challenge for any organisation and this does not depend alone on the number of working hours.
Dinesh V Divekar

31st August 2009 From India, Bangalore
we can easily evaluate productivity in a biscuit production company but in a knowledge company or creative industry, benchmarking productivity and scientifically evaluating productivity is very difficult but it is possible.
In a IT solutions company, productivity depends on factors like nature of work, skill level of people, management control, morale and motivation of people etc. IT folks used to work for late hours or we can say they are flexible.
So 5 day week would be a good option if it motivates employees. I would say, increased morale and motivation
will always bring more productivity
5 days work week may help company to cut expenses too- Power, Internet, Tele and other office maintenance expenses.
31st August 2009 From India, Bangalore
Dear archana,
Yes making working days from 6 to 5 days may help the emplyee to get motivated and give their 100% to the organisation for those 5 days and do thier other works in those two days.
From Rashmi Ranjan
A student in PGDM HR
31st August 2009 From India, Hyderabad
You can reduce the workweek to 5 days, but what of the "lost" hours of productivity?
I my experience, reducing the workdays and adding increased hours per shift; along with an additional refresher break (3, instead of 2, 10 minute breaks during the shift, as well as 1-30 minute lunch period), should produce increased morale which will lead to increased productivity and quality.
Employees will be more refreshed with 2 days rest; have more family time; save communter costs. The company will realize savings from based on the lack of utility usage.
1st September 2009 From United States,
Is there a required minimum work hour as stipulated in the Employment Act of your country? You might have to conduct a feasibility study that incude a pros & cons before making the change.
In meeting the demand of staff, a client of mine decided to start work early by half an hour, lunch cut short by half an hour and work ends one hour later. In doing so, the Saturday half day was spread out over the weekdays and at the same time meet the Employment Act and Collective Agreement. This arrangement works well for a year or two, but the shortened lunch hour became an area of dissatisfaction when the company conducted their Employee Satisfaction Survey. Evidently, staff have forgotten the reasons and agreement for the change. So do your research properly before making any change.
Autumn Jane
1st September 2009 From Singapore, Singapore
Dear seniors,

I am Padma from Hyderabad and am working as an intern in an MNC, it is far from my home lets say 6 kilo meters but everyday I am wasting 3 to 4 hours on travel due to traffic jam and I need to be on time as am working in HR training&development but I never reached my office on time from the first day and even I have told my boss to give me flexible hours for 4days as long as it needs and I wanted friday, saturday, sunday as week off's as I need to go to my collage and study for the weekend and friends blah blah... But the Hr rules were not at all flexible and new. So the thing is my boss could not help me but ma boss gives me grace time to come to the office but in India mostly the companies calculate how much time you were at the office not the work you have done. I sincerely request every HR or every HR practitioner please make sure about your employees satisfaction other wise no productivity will come.

So please try to concentrate on these points:

1. Job satisfaction
2. Working hours flexibility with valid reasons but productivity must seen
3. Family time to refresh their minds (employees never should think work as a burden)
4. Financial reward when the time comes of excellence
5. Complete growth of their career (unbiased)
6. Inter-relationships between the team heads and the trainees(let them feel free to express their views not their regrets)
7. Unity between the employees as a human how they were treating each other or any conflicts happening?

These are my view's if we want to discuss there are many points that comes into the lime light of Industrial relationships.

Hope seniors would like it and please correct me if am wrong.

My job life experiences:

As I have joined a company am coming across many things and realizing how to do in the future actions.
It's a good experience to work in my company, am lucky to have the best boss to whom am reporting with.
Am really lucky to have her and she let's me learn something everyday.

Thank you for reading all my writing.
7th September 2010 From India, Hyderabad
Dear seniors, So many things are roaming in my mind about HR policies to change so I dint stress on a particular point. But please revert. Thanking you Padma
7th September 2010 From India, Hyderabad
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