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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I did 4 x 10hr days for a couple of years. At the beginning it was great because I got a couple extra distraction-free hours in the morning before others arrived at the office.

    But after the first year, I found it draining. In winter, I never saw daylight except from my office window. It always seemed that my day off corresponded to an important meeting or a client emergency. Bad days *really* dragged on. When I switched back to 5 x 8hr days it was a relief.

    I think plans like yours always sound good on

    • Agreed - I worked four day weeks for a while last year to "use or lose" some paid leave time. This isn't quite the same as your situation - in theory they were four 8hr days.

      But in practice what happened was that I had to squeeze five days' work into those four days because of meetings, colleague expectations, etc. I was glad to go back to a five day week!

      My tip would be to take the day off in the middle of the week, even though it seems counter-intuitive. Three day weekends seem to be very hard to mana

  • As mentioned above, it can be a drag in the long term.

    Also, who productive can you really be for periods longer than 6-8 hours?

    Some days I'm a zombie after only 6 hours, but there are days I can go 10-12 and feel ok.

    I'm a sysadmin though so my tasks aren't typically the same thing all day every day.

  • Also, who productive can you really be for periods longer than 6-8 hours?

    I agree completely. I know many developers/engineers/admins can be productive for 12+ hours at a time on a single project, but those who can do that every workday are vanishingly rare.

  • Luckily, IMO at least, this isn't possible in the EU, at least when working for an employer. If an employee were to work more than a week of days >10 hours, the employer would probably end up paying a fine. (Exceptions can be made for the occasional day, if the employer has deadlines to keep.)

    Also whats this odd practice of counting the number of paid sick days as "time off"? No wonder you guys don't get much holiday..