The Effects of a Compressed Working Week on Commuters' Daily Activity Patterns

During April and May 2002, the Philippine government implemented an experimental two-month compressed working week scheme. This study examines how the compressed working week changed individual employees' lifestyle patterns, especially activity-time patterns. The study was based on 220 randomly selected government employees of the University of the Philippines in Los Banos. The moderating effects of compressed working week to the commuters were also explored. Survey results showed that two-hour increases in the compressed working week workday substantially impacted activity-travel patterns. Commuters reduced household activities by about one hour, sleeping time by about 20 minutes, and pre-work preparation time by about 30 minutes. Commuting times also significantly declined during the compressed working week. Regression analysis of the duration of discretionary activities suggested that changes in the duration of pre-sleep household activities were significantly increased by changes in travel time duration, working time duration and to-work departure.


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  • Accession Number: 01013307
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 12 2005 10:37PM