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Would you rather work 2 long days a week or 5 short days?

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sarah8484 Wed 11-Mar-20 07:35:41

Stuck between staying in the job im in which is 2 long days (9 hour shifts) then 5 days off or take a new job ive been offered (3 hour shifts Monday-Friday). Theres pro's and cons to both but just would like to hear other people's opinions. I have a few days to make my decision and honestly don't know which I prefer confused

TwilightPeace Wed 11-Mar-20 07:37:00

2 long days! MUCH better work life balance, think of all the free time you will have.

HunterHearstHelmsley Wed 11-Mar-20 07:37:39

Five short days. Assuming it's the morning and not a a long commute.

If afternoons or a long commute, I'd go two long days.

Shorter days seem less onerous somehow.

MuchTooTired Wed 11-Mar-20 07:37:40

Definitely two long days for me, and 5 whole days off!

TW2013 Wed 11-Mar-20 07:38:14

Depends on whether you are trying to work around the school day (short hours five days a week) or nursery/ finding another job/ semi retirement in which case two long days.

ElderAve Wed 11-Mar-20 07:38:28

It depends why you do PT work. Before DC are school age, the 2 long days, once they're at school, the short days. If childcare is not a concern, the long days (more days off)

crazydiamond222 Wed 11-Mar-20 07:39:03

Do the 2 long days ever happen at the weekend? It would really depend on your family life. If I was single I would do the 2 long days.

notacooldad Wed 11-Mar-20 07:39:29

2 long days without a doubt.

swapsicles Wed 11-Mar-20 07:40:35

Depends entirely on the job but personally would prefer 2 long days rather than 5 short, the commuting and always at work would bother me as not much time to do other stuff.
Currently I do 5 X 9 hours or thereabouts would rather do 4 X 11 so I had more time to do stuff for me

OnlyFoolsnMothers Wed 11-Mar-20 07:41:30

2 long days

ElektraPlektra Wed 11-Mar-20 07:42:38

2 long days - you will save so much time on commuting. Even if your commute is just 15 minutes, that's 1.5 hours a week you save.

GaaaaarlicBread Wed 11-Mar-20 07:43:45

2 long days . I used to do 3 X 13 hour shifts a week and then have stretches of days off and I loved it . It was tiring but having the days off after was great. I now work in a different job doing 5 6.5 hour days which are nice as I live walking distance to work anyway and it’s an easier job but I miss my days off.

TweaksDadsHat Wed 11-Mar-20 07:43:52

2 long days. I'm currently doing 5 x 3 hour days and I don't like it. The mad morning rush feels such a waste for a 3 hour shift, and going to work is on your mind as much as full time because you always know that you're going in the next day.

Also I'm relying on people to watch/collect my children because I can't earn enough in 3 hours to cover the childcare so we'd be worse off each month if I paid for it.

sarah8484 Wed 11-Mar-20 07:44:43

Both jobs are same sector. Two long days are week days so have weekend and 3 weekdays off. My youngest is due to start school in September and the 5 short days would allow me to take and pick up everyday. And 2 long days job is a short commute but the 5 short days is walking distance. So many pro's and con's. So stuck in what to go with.

Bluejaune Wed 11-Mar-20 07:46:06

If the 2 long days will exhaust you, then you'll need more time to recover depending on your commute if you have to travel and balance against your other commitments.

Whilst the large chunk of time off sounds tempting, 5 short days sounds more manageable. It would also depend on the nature of the job and what I'd be picking up after my absence and if I was ever expected to stay late?

Write a for and against list and see how you feel when writing it which one sways you more?

ch3rrycola Wed 11-Mar-20 07:46:49

5 long days grin
But no 5 short days but that's me, I like routine of going to work

sarah8484 Wed 11-Mar-20 07:47:23

@Bluejaune that's a good idea, thanks smile

Wanderer1 Wed 11-Mar-20 07:48:16

Two long days will be so much better for the holidays

crazydiamond222 Wed 11-Mar-20 07:50:26

Do you work in a sector that has unpaid overtime? In my experience 5 short days can end up being 5 longer days or playing catch up with extra work in the evenings as emplyers treat you more like a ft employee.

Chocolatecake12 Wed 11-Mar-20 07:53:10

2 long days would be better for the school holidays, you only have to find childcare for 2 days rather then 5.
Who will pick your child up/take to school on the long days?
Are the 2 days flexible?

sarah8484 Wed 11-Mar-20 07:54:08

Sorry, forgot to add both jobs are term time only. All overtime would be paid.

AintNobodyHereButUsKittens Wed 11-Mar-20 07:54:40

With a child in primary and a short commute then 5 short days is a no brainer. I’ve done both when my DC were at different ages and actually found 2 days a PITA because I spent so much time trying to remember where I’d got to. But with DC in nursery and a long commute then 2 long days is much better.

boredboredboredboredbored Wed 11-Mar-20 07:54:39

Long days all the way! I do 3 10 hour days to have 4 days off. It's bliss compared to 5 days.

HunterHearstHelmsley Wed 11-Mar-20 07:57:11

I work FT but finish at 3pm two days a week. Its beautiful grin feels like I have so much more time on those days.

Bluejaune Wed 11-Mar-20 07:59:34

Having read your update the 5 short days sounds perfect but I can understand the temptation for the other option too smile

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