Dear All,
I am working in HR Dept in an Turnkey Project based company where we have 6 days week working culture and we have weekly off on Sunday. Recently I have proposed 5 days week culture so that all our employees will have weekly off on Saturdays and Sundays.
My management has asked for a detailed report on this proposal and they want to know disadvantages and benefits of working 5 days a week. Also as we are Plant Manufacturing company so most of our engineers work on site, This should be feasible for both office staff & site engineers. What problems can be faced by us if we go through 5 days a week work. I am in the process of preparing this report so all of you are requested to share your views and ideas on this point.
Thanks
Regards
Sweety

From India, Pune
Hi,
You can explain them benefit & disadvantage as:-
Advantage :-
Low attrition rate (very imp point)
work-life balance
employee is a biggest asset which gives you revenue, productivity so make them happy.
Disadvantage is nothing but management should have good approach towards employee welfare. ok but if management disapprove then you can tell them to increase 1 hour working everyday with both sat & sun holiday.
Regards,
Sonali

From India, Mumbai
Ryan
88

India's 1st Strategic Strengths Coach, Corporate Trainer & HR Consultant
Hi Sweety,
Definitely add what Sonali suggested about increasing the hours of work every day so that saturdays and Sundays will be off. Since engineers are on site, I think they may require to alternate their weekend offs.
I don't know your industry / business, but would suggest you also show the management how the leaves will be tracked, what kind of roster format you will create, what changes will be there in the policy, how will the balances be monitored.
From the management's viewpoint, they want assurance that production will not go down.
Hope this helps.
Regards
Ryan

From India, Mumbai
Thanks Sonali & Ryan for your valuable suggestion. Actually our normal office working hours are 9am to 6pm but still many design engg & admin dept employees need to wait in office after the working hours so they are supposed to give extra work report. So i thought this will be feasible so that even though they are require to wait in office till 8pm they can be more productive if we follow 5 days week work culture. Please suggest me more.
Regards

From India, Pune
Adding to Sonali & Ryan's inputs, it may also reduce costs on account of electricity consumption, telephone calls, fuel saving if company provides transport to employees, savings on expenses on house keeping staff, if outsourced as well as savings on account of transport & other miscellaneous expenses for the employees which they would not have incurred but for attending office on Saturday,thus leaving them with better take home pay and thus more satisfied employees.These are some advantages that occurred to me.
B.Saikumar

From India, Mumbai
i appreciate your reply Sir... miscellaneous cost cutting really matters in this & also employees can give their 100% at work & be satisfied.
From India, Pune
Ryan
88

India's 1st Strategic Strengths Coach, Corporate Trainer & HR Consultant
Hi Sweety,
You have mentioned that "Actually our normal office working hours are 9am to 6pm but still many design engg & admin dept employees need to wait in office after the working hours so they are supposed to give extra work report. So i thought this will be feasible so that even though they are require to wait in office till 8pm they can be more productive if we follow 5 days week work culture.
attribution https://www.citehr.com/484661-5-days...#ixzz2tHWWO6YW "
What you have described is a working necessity, which need not be managed by creating or modifying a policy. Rather, what you could do is study the process to understand why they have to give extra reports. Look at options like automation or process re-engineering.
You can still change to a 5-day week, but don't link it to this reason. It doesn't make sense.
Let me know if you would like to discuss this offline further.
Regards
Ryan

From India, Mumbai
ngurjar
50

Management Consulting, Management Development, Transformation, Project Management
Well,

Going by the nature of business viz Turnkey Projects... The type of business calls for a very deadline centric culture. There is a schedule, there are agencies that decide and affect the scope, etc.

Project environments have significant workload fluctuations. And they also have huge risks in staffing (attrition can kill the project at times).

I don't see a 5 day work-week make any sense there. The site is typically working 7 days a week. So, your office needs to support them too. And there are a lot of uncertainties that need to be covered. Typically, projects run behind schedule and you will see your policy going for a toss.

Please note that such a work schedule requires a very well planned and a well controlled work-place. Most aren't. And depending on the clients and contractors, I can assure you that things are way beyond your normal span of control. And they have significant financial and legal ramifications.

So, I think for your business a 6 day workweek is ideal. If you are adequately staffed, you might need to keep some folks on a 'rota' basis on the 6th day.

My 2 cents...

From United States, Daphne
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