Working on the Weekend
In the US as in most parts of the “western” world, a work week is just 5 days. Monday through Friday. However in reality, it is not true. Depending on professions, lots of people work on weekends.
Architects in general are some of the worst offenders of the “5 day work week rule”. All these years of working here in the US, there has hardly been any single weekend when I have not had to come in to work on at least one day. Unless I am out of town or away on a vacation. But this post is not about that.
Working on weekends in some ways is more productive than working during the week. Our office on an anverage has about 4-5 people in on both days of the weekend. However the amount of work done during the weekend is far better in quality and quantity than during the week.
For one, there are no phone calls to answer, and very few emails to distract you. And then there are fewer colleagues and bosses to interrupt your flow of thought.
I wonder whether it is time for businesses to think of staggering employees such that weekends are not one standard block of days but varies from employee to employee. I personally think it would be more productive. More like employees in retail businesses where their weekends fall on different days than the rest of the world.