"Knowledge workers" tend to be more unfocused in both the early morning and mid-afternoon. Why force them to work when they’re least productive?
Funny because I’ve argued for shorter work weeks. But perhaps it’s because I’m used to working long hours in journalism.
I’m with Jen on this. When I was finally given the option to do an alternate schedule again (I’ve had them before: 3x13 was AWESOME), I jumped at it. I was regularly putting in 10-14 hour days anyway, and coming home and dialing in for a couple hours one or four nights a week, so the option of at least scheduling not being in the office one day a week was brilliant. I still spend some portion of my day off responding to e-mails and dialing in to solve something, but on the rare occasion when I’ve had to go back to five days (and they’re all 10-14 hour days) I realize how much a toll that takes on me.