If you are only working Mon-Wed, what happens if meetings with suppliers happen on a Friday? Or client presentations are scheduled Thursday?
I could see getting around this easily. Lots of options. Push the meeting, have another designer or creative director present. Skype in. Or if absolutely necessary come in that day. No need to jeopardize your work situation by being inflexible. It would be the same as someone asking you to fly overseas for a week, or to the clients office for the preso. You could easily say no, but you understand it's part of the job.
I don't know. The point of working say Mon-Wed is so that you can plan your Thur-Fri however you like.
Nothing wrong with being flexible but realistically you would be basically on call on your days off.
Expecting all your partners and team members to just not have you be available half the week doesn't seem very efficient.
Going on a biz trip is a different situation. This will be planned and only from time to time.
In this thread we are asking an employee to be absent for a good portion of the week. The norm in that case should be that this person should not be approached with work as it's their time off and they aren't being compensated for calls and feedback during this time.
If I were to enter an arrangement like this, I'd be very irritated if I get urgent emails that require my attentions and decision making while I am river rafting with my kids on a Friday.
This reminds me of an initiative we had a few months back in the office where we wanted to have meeting free days. For example no meetings on Tuesday.
While it's a noble effort to cut down on meetings and reserve a day for just working, it just was not feasible as we are working across 4 sites around the world and many more external partners we interact with daily (and nightly).
So shoe-horning everybody else into your schedule wasn't possible and not fair in the long run.