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Why Employees Like Three-Day Weekends

Updated on March 2, 2013
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Christine McDade is a Human Resources professional (PHR & SHRM-CP) with over 18 years in the public sector.

Christine McDade is an experienced human resources manager.

It is amazing what a pair of jeans and some Converse can do to the psyche of an employee on Casual Friday before a three-day weekend.
It is amazing what a pair of jeans and some Converse can do to the psyche of an employee on Casual Friday before a three-day weekend. | Source

Three-Day Weekends Rock!

Employees seem a little extra giddy on Fridays before a three-day weekend. You know the feeling -- employees looking forward to staying home Monday because it is Memorial Day, President's Day, etc. Employees appreciate that extra day to take care of personal affairs and spend time with family and friends. Personal time and "free time" are precious in a society where full-time employment often surpasses that forty hour total each week. The private sector, in particular, do not have as many days off for holidays as their public sector counterparts. Therefore, to have that extra day off is especially a nice perk for employees. They spend this day doing a variety of things that they otherwise would not be able to do because of their limited free time on a normal weekend.

Why are Three-Day Weekends So Important to Employees?

Employees work hard Monday through Friday to balance work and personal life demands that seem relentless and never-ending. If I had a dime for every time I heard someone exclaim, "I just don't know where the weekend went?", I would be a wealthy. Many employees pack so many activities on the weekend that time seems to fly and Monday just arrives too soon. For many, these activities are positive as they are with their children who are involved in dance, gymnastics, baseball, soccer, etc. Or, the activities could be a bible study or an adult workout class that occurs in the evening after a long day at work. What is ironic is that much of the activities last all week-long, not just on those cherished Saturdays and Sundays. Therefore, having one extra day off gives employees a little extra time to take care of their affairs, and to get an extra day for rest and relaxation.

Having an extra day off gives another day to recreate with family and friends.
Having an extra day off gives another day to recreate with family and friends. | Source
Three-day weekends allow an employee to have more time for hobbies such as gardening.
Three-day weekends allow an employee to have more time for hobbies such as gardening. | Source
Sightseeing at a favorite historical or scenic place is a pleasant way that many employees spend their three-day weekends.
Sightseeing at a favorite historical or scenic place is a pleasant way that many employees spend their three-day weekends. | Source

What do employees do on that extra day off?

Employees who are fortunate enough to have a Friday or Monday off do a variety of things on that third day of the weekend. They certainly do not want to spend their extra day doing work from the office at home. Rather, they find this extra day off as a good time to:

  • Do household projects - The "honey do" list often gets slashed down when there is an extra day off to be at home working on minor repairs, home improvement projects, etc. Cleaning out a closet or just getting personal affairs organized are done on this extra day off. While these activities may be viewed by some as "work", they certainly are necessary activities that take time that many employees just do not have on the weekends.
  • Run personal errands - Since many businesses stay open on those Monday holidays, employees who are off may take advantage of the time to get those needed errands completed. Instead of having to take time off from work which eats up personal leave time, employees can use this free day to tackle those errands that must be done between Monday and Friday.
  • Participate in outdoor recreational activities - A day at the beach, round of golf or a walk in the park is a great day away from the stress of life demands and work routines. Many of these outdoor activities are opportunities to exercise which is then a boost to one's healthy outlook and personal wellness.
  • Enjoy hobbies - Employees will spend Saturday and Sunday doing their normal activities so that they can do something special on Monday. Cooking, scrapbooking, sports, etc., are different hobbies that are often neglected due to a lack of time on the weekend.
  • Escape on a weekend getaway - A quick getaway that allow the employee a change of scenery is much more doable when there is an extra day off to make the trip. Sightseeing a historical site or visiting with friends out-of-town is much easier if there is an extra day to spend away from home. Weekend getaways are great opportunities to spend time with loved ones who might not get enough attention during the week.
  • Rest - That third day is often just a great day to take it easy! Employees sometimes just need to have a "lazy" day when they just rest. Sleep deprivation catches up with individuals who suffer all week. The weekend allows many employees to sleep in and lounge around the house in their comfy pajamas.

Having an extra day off is a nice perk for any employee. When the day is a paid holiday, employees enjoy some free time to have a little fun doing things that they normally do not have the free time to do. Instead of trying to cram the desired activities during the two-day weekend, employees can pace their activities differently due to the extra day off to accomplish them.

Employees must enjoy their three-day weekends.

Employees are wise to take the three-day weekend to do something that they enjoy. Remembering that trying to fit too much into a weekend is a bad way to spend free time, employees should give themselves some time during the long weekend to relax and recharge their batteries. Job burnout happens when employees do not take time to unwind and just get some "down" time. Three-day weekends are perfect for spoiling ourselves with a little self-indulgence of doing whatever it is that makes us happy.

Three Day Weekends vs. Week Long Vacations

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    • ChrisMcDade8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Christine McDade 

      4 years ago from Southwest Florida

      A very good point. Thanks for the comment.

    • poetryman6969 profile image


      4 years ago

      week long vacations can get tedious. 3 days is about right.

    • ChrisMcDade8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Christine McDade 

      5 years ago from Southwest Florida

      I have been fortunate to have three-day weekends as a public sector employee for federal holidays. That extra day off almost seems like two days. It does provide another day to run errands, do a little baking, etc., which I would not be able to do on a normal weekend. Thanks for your comments.

    • davidlivermore profile image

      David Livermore 

      5 years ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      I love three day weekends, but only tend to take them a couple times a year. I mostly do it when I am going on a small, out of town vacation. Or, in the case coming up in a week or so, I need to have some work done to my car.

      Nice hub, voted up.

    • torrilynn profile image


      5 years ago


      Thanks for this hub and your

      take on how people feel about three day

      weekends. I generally would love three day weekends, it gave me time to relax a little more and to just be lazy. Voted up.


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