compressed working week

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A pattern of working time that is becoming increasingly common and which involves the reallocation of work time into fewer and longer blocks during the week. The total length of work time remains unchanged, but each shift or period at work is lengthened. Typically, working time is reorganized so that the same basic hours are worked in four and a half days a week, or nine days out of ten in a fortnight. [See temporal flexibility.]

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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