A business’s ability to meet its strategic goals is almost wholly dependent on its employees. Happy employees are motivated employees, and motivated employees are productive employees. Work-life balance is one of the factors that significantly impact employee motivation. Employers need to be aware of the options available to them when setting work schedules. This guide will introduce the 9/80 schedule and analyze its pros and cons to help you determine if it could work for your business.


The typical American workday starts at 8:00 AM and ends at 5:00 PM with a one-hour lunch break. This comes to eight working hours every day. As such, the typical workweek has 40 hours – 8 hours daily, five days a week (usually Monday to Friday).

The 9/80 schedule seeks to preserve the 40-hour workweek while creating an additional off day every two weeks. Instead of having 10 working days every two weeks, it proposes 9 working days every two weeks. This additional day is ‘created’ by adding an extra hour for 8 of these days. This results in 8 workdays lasting 9 hours and 1 workday lasting 8 hours.


The trade-off is having longer workdays in return for the extra day off every two weeks.

Pros: What are the Benefits of the 9/80 Schedule?

Reduced Commute

The extra off day means that employees have one less commute every two weeks. This reduces the overall carbon footprint associated with the business. In a global market that is becoming increasingly eco-aware, any green measures can boost a business’s reputation. Resulting in attracting more environmentally aware clients.

Increased Productivity

That extra off day is the biggest selling point for the 9/80 schedule. A whole day off is more impactful to an employee’s work-life balance than the hour lost over the 8 days. That extra day represents a meaningful time for someone to socialize, spend time with their family, engage in their hobbies, or just relax. This can increaseemployee morale.

The positive link between employee morale and productivity has been established by countless scientific studies. Therefore, improving morale through better work-life balance should see employees increase their output over the adjusted 40-hour workweek.

Better Customer Satisfaction


Satisfied customers are not only more likely to become loyal clients, but they also serve as your unofficial brand ambassadors. They will market your brand and products within their spheres of influence, leading to more customers.

Fewer workday interruptions


With the 9/80 schedule, these interruptions will become fewer and fewer. Employees can now schedule these commitments on their extra off days. Fewer work interruptions mean better organizational productivity and profitability.




Inadvertent overtime costs

Many employees immediatelyqualify for overtime pay如果他们每周工作40多个小时。为了促进额外的休息日,9/80的时间表展示了一个复杂的工作周,在工作日中期结束,第二周开始于8小时工作日的下半年。如果未正确记录,这可能会创造一场薪资噩梦,因为工人的时间大部分落在了几周之内,因此工人有资格加班。

Understaffing challenges

Ideally, a business should stagger the employee’s workweek to ensure that when some get the extra off-day, others are on-duty keeping the company operational. This can be a challenge for smaller companies that have one-person departments that can function when a particular employee is not on duty.


Some employees are used to the traditional 8-5 workday and have structured the rest of their lives on this schedule. Requiring them to add an hour to most of their workdays could mess up their home, social, and family lives. They would be resistant to any changes.


Improving work-life balance is one of the most effective ways to boost employee morale. This has been shown to improve organizational productivity, improve customer experience, and attract potential hires. The 9/80 schedule reduces the organization’s carbon footprint and results in fewer workday interruptions. Any business that can mitigate the administrative and workforce challenges of implementing the 9/80 schedule should do so to enjoy the benefits it brings.

Greg Tuohy是Docutec的董事总经理,托管印刷服务,business printers总部位于爱尔兰的公司。