Software for creating a 4-10 compressed schedule

I manage a 4-person help desk where I serve as a technical lead. Our boss has suggested we try doing a compressed 4-10 schedule where we work four 10-hour days (as opposed to five 8-hour days) so that everyone gets a 3-day weekend.

Since five holidays per year fall on Mondays, I didn't want to designate anyone as always off Monday or Friday. I want to rotate it to keep things even. On top of that, our employer only pays 8 hours of holiday pay so on holiday weeks the employee will have a wonky schedule as they only need 32 hours total.

So I have two questions that are tied together:

1. Have you ever tried working this kind of schedule before?
2. Is there any free scheduling software or even an Excel plugin that I could use to generate such a schedule?
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William FulksSystems Analyst & WebmasterAsked:
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Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
Extra information that might be needed, is the help desk just Monday to Friday or is it 7 days a week?
William FulksSystems Analyst & WebmasterAuthor Commented:
Oh yes! That would be helpful, right?

Our current regular hours at 8am-5pm, monday-friday. Occasional after hours stuff is done, but that's our main schedule.

What I was considering for the 10-hour days is do a 7am-6pm shift. Give us an extra hour before most everyone else comes in and after they leave.
Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
Also in Holiday weeks, if one of the team has worked only 3 days because the holiday was one of their work days, that is only 30 hours; how will they do the extra 2 hours? Spread across the 3 days, all in one day, couple of hours on a fourth day???

How about doing alternate weeks? In that way each employee would then get alternate 2-day and 4-day weekends rather than regular 3-day weekends.

Employee 1 & 3:
Week 1: Monday to Thursday
Week 2: Tuesday to Friday
Week 3: Monday to Thursday

Employee 2 & 4:
Week 1: Tuesday to Friday
Week 2: Monday to Thursday
Week 3: Tuesday to Friday

That does mean that Mondays and Fridays will only have 3 out of 4 of the team.

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William FulksSystems Analyst & WebmasterAuthor Commented:
On the holiday weeks they could either use 2 hours vacation and only work 3 days that week, or they could come in a couple hours one day or even stay later on the others. Depends on what is going on that week, I suppose.

I want to keep it as fair as possible otherwise people will start arguing!
William FulksSystems Analyst & WebmasterAuthor Commented:
Thanks...we ended up alternating days off to get the 4 day weekends every other weekend. Everyone seemed to prefer that better.
Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
Thanks for the feedback.
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