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ERIC Number: ED561639
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 216
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3034-3083-1
Examining the Transition to a Four-Day School Week and Investigating Post-Change Faculty/Staff Work-Life Balance: A Community College Case Study
Cardinale, Nelly
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Northeastern University
This single descriptive embedded case study examined the process of implementing a four-day work/school week at a community college and investigated post-change faculty/staff work-life balance. All of the students attending this college live at home. The change was implemented due to state funding shortfalls, increasing college utility expenses and low employee morale. Additionally, this study resulted in a set of guidelines that can be used by change agents of similar colleges to implement this change. Moreover, the study describes the positive and negative aspects associated with the shorter work/school week. On a positive note, the schedule facilitates making personal appointments, volunteer work, improves work-life balance, provides longer more restful weekends, increases employee morale, productivity, performance, and reduces commuting expenses. On a negative note, the schedule requires employees to work longer days, increases daily work-related stress, reduces weekday family time and creates work/daycare schedule conflicts. Furthermore, the study found that faculty/staff work-life balance improved the most for employees ages 25-44. The study recommends that college leaders interested in implementing the same change create an alternative four-day work schedule for essential weekend employees in order to provide them similar work-life balance benefits. Most importantly, college leaders should work with human resources officials to create flexible working hours and telecommuting policies to implement along with this schedule. Finally, administrators should assure that employees do not work longer than nine hours per day to prevent burnout, work with employees to solve work/daycare schedule conflicts and that all college stakeholders participate in the change process. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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