Capri Communities Tests 4-Day Work Week With Promising Early Results 

Capri Communities is testing a four-day work week for frontline staff at one of its communities as senior living operators continue to search for creative staffing solutions

Under the new staffing schedule, associates at the community, Village Pointe Commons in Grafton, Wisconsin, will work the equivalent of a four-day, 32-hour work week but get paid for 40 hours.

Capri is able to manage the new schedule with the help of a grant form the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, according to local television station WDJT-TV, which first reported the news.


The operator has already noticed a benefit in the form of better recruitment, an executive director for the company told WDJT-TV. Even so, Capri management is examining the program’s long-term results to determine whether to expand it to other communities.

Waukesha, Wisconsin-based Capri Communities has 25communities throughout the U.S. A representative for the company was not immediately available to elaborate on the program.

Though uncommon in such a staff-intensive industry, Capri is not the only senior living operator that has experimented with paying workers a full-time wage for less-than-full-time hours. Other operators have experimented with efforts including more flexible or shorter shifts.


In piloting a four-day work week, Capri is joining a trend that is underway in many industries across the U.S. Recent research on the topic lends evidence to the fact that adopting a work week with one fewer day can boost revenue and improve employee exercise and sleep habits in addition to burnout.

Not every four-day workweek trial is a success. In 2011, Utah gave it a try with the aim of cutting the state’s energy usage by 20% while improving overall employee morale. The state ultimately shut the program down on concerns it wasn’t saving as much money as they’d hoped and the fact that service availability was lacking on days city employees had off.

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