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Study: 43% of companies with over 50 employees allow compressed work weeks

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Not many years ago, Milwaukee radio talk show Mark Belling called government offices on Friday afternoons to see if officials were working.  

He doesn't do that anymore -- and today, it's not just the mayor and bureaucrats skipping out for long weekends.  

The Society for Human Resource Management says 43 percent of companies with 50 or more workers let at least some of their employees compress their work weeks, by putting in longer hours on fewer days for at least part of the year.  

Mercury Marine of Fond du Lac lets several hundred office employees work longer on Monday through Thursday, so they can take advantage of Wisconsin's short summers and start their weekends after Friday morning.  

The company says it has not figured out how to spread the benefit to factory workers and still keep the machines running -- but they're working on it.  

Lisa Horn of the Human Resource Management group tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that workplace flexibility is a great morale booster at a time when employees are doing more with less -- and it doesn't cost the employer much, if anything.  

Briggs and Stratton of Wauwatosa allows flexibility on an individual basis. Vice president Laura Timm says it's made for happier and more productive employees.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)