How to Set Up a 5/4-9 Work Schedule in Microsoft Project

Hey there! If you’re looking to set up a 5/4-9 work schedule in Microsoft Project, you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to walk you through it, step by step.

In this 5/4-9 work schedule, during each bi-weekly pay period a full-time employee works eight consecutive 9-hour days, followed by one 8-hour day, followed by a nonworking day. This yields 80 hours of work per bi-weekly pay period and gives each employee a three-day weekend every other week. This schedule is pretty awesome; it gives you a three-day weekend every other week. Let’s dive in!

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5/4-9 work schedule

Set Up the Basic 5/4-9 Work Schedule

Complete the following steps to set up a calendar with the 5/4-9 work schedule:

  1. Open Microsoft Project: First things first, open up Microsoft Project and load the project where you want to apply the 5/4-9 work schedule.
  2. Access the Project Ribbon: Click the “Project” tab to reveal the Project ribbon.
  3. Change Working Time: In the “Properties” section of the Project ribbon, click on the “Change Working Time” button.
  4. Select Standard Calendar: Make sure the “Standard” calendar is selected at the top of the “Change Working Time” dialog.
  5. Clear Company Holidays: Delete any previously entered company holidays in the “Exceptions” grid, leaving it blank.
  6. Work Weeks Tab: Click the “Work Weeks” tab in the bottom half of the “Change Working Time” dialog.
  7. Configure Default Workdays: Select the “[Default]” item in the data grid, then click the “Details” button.
  8. Set Working Hours: In the “Details” dialog, select the days from Monday through Friday. Select the “Set day(s) to these specific working times” option and enter 6:00 PM as the end time for row 2.
  9. Confirm Changes: Click the “OK” button to apply the 9-hour working schedule to weekdays.
  10. Handle Exceptions: Now, let’s tackle exceptions. Click the “Exceptions” tab in the bottom half of the “Change Working Time” dialog.
  11. Select an 8-Hour Thursday: Choose the first Thursday where you want an 8-hour workday.
  12. Create Exception: In the first blank row of the “Exceptions” grid, enter a description such “2nd Week Thursday – 8 Hour Day” in the “Name” field. Press the “Right-Arrow” key to go to the “Start” cell.
  13. Configure Exception Details: With the row selected, click the “Details” button.
  14. Adjust Working Hours: Select the “Working times” option and change the end time to 5:00 PM. Set the recurrence pattern to “Weekly,” every “2 weeks,” and select only “Thursday.”
  15. Define Recurrence Range: In the “Range of recurrence” section, keep the start date and set “End after” to 260 occurrences.
  16. Confirm Exception: Click the “OK” button to apply the exception.
  17. Review Exception: The “Change Working Time” dialog will now show your new 8-hour Thursdays.
  18. Set Nonworking Fridays: In the “Calendar” grid, select the first Friday you want as a nonworking day.
  19. Create Exception: In the “Exceptions” grid, select the second row and enter a description such as “2nd Week Friday – No Work” in the “Name” field. Navigate to the “Start” cell.
  20. Configure Exception: Click the “Details” button.
  21. Define Nonworking Day: Select the “Nonworking” option. Set the recurrence pattern to “Weekly,” every “2 weeks,” and select only “Friday.”
  22. Specify Recurrence Range: Keep the start date and set “End after” to 260 occurrences.
  23. Confirm Exception: Click the “OK” button to apply the nonworking day exception.
  24. Review Exception: The “Change Working Time” dialog will now reflect your new nonworking Fridays.

Adding Company Holidays

Next, let’s add company holidays to our new calendar.

  1. Identify Company Holidays: To add company holidays, select the first holiday after your selected Thursday in the “Calendar” grid at the top of the dialog.
  2. Create a Holiday Exception: In the “Exceptions” grid, enter the holiday’s name in the “Name” field. Navigate to the “Start” cell.
  3. Configure Holiday Details: Click the “Details” button and enter the holiday information. Set the recurrence for 10 years (approximately 10 occurrences).
  4. Confirm Holiday Exception: Click the “OK” button to create the holiday exception.
  5. Continue Adding Holidays: Add other company holidays for the next 10 years, ensuring that you have also planned for weekend holidays if needed.

Change Project Options

Now, let’s adjust the project option to define a “Day” in Microsoft Project.

  1. Access Project Options: Click the “File” tab and select “Options” in the lower-left corner.
  2. Configure Hours per Day: In the “Project Options” dialog, click the “Calendar” tab. Change the “Hours per day” value to 9.
  3. Confirm Changes: Click “OK” to save the changes.

Great job! You’ve now set up the 5/4-9 work schedule and added company holidays in Microsoft Project. You’re ready to start scheduling with this new calendar. Enjoy your three-day weekends!

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Dale Howard
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