Utah Switching To Four Day Work Weeks

Last modified on July 4th, 2008

I’ve always been a big fan of four day work weeks, or better yet, working at the rate which you are most productive. That’s why I have always gravitated towards jobs that don’t have fixed hours. Where I currently work, I really don’t have a fixed schedule. If I wake up early, I’ll stroll in at 8:30am. If I have a rough night sleeping, nobody cares when I stroll in at 10:30am. Given that flexibility, I’ll often do a bit of work at home during the evenings when I’m listening to music or whatever.

Utah recently announced that they are switching their government employees to four day work weeks. A four day work week has a lot of advantages. First, it gives people every Friday off to spend time with their families, or catch up on errands. Second, since you’re already at work and have already commuted there, it just is more efficient to work a few extra hours while you’re there. Also, as the article points out, it means less money spent on gas and reduced pollution.

Some people probably won’t like a 10 hour day, but I imagine most people would gladly work a few extra hours to get every Friday off. I know I would.

5 responses to “Utah Switching To Four Day Work Weeks”

  1. Raul says:

    I for sure would love that too!

  2. Sebrina says:

    I would most definitely prefer that.

  3. Tania says:

    A great number of the federal public servants in Ottawa work “compressed weeks” where they work extra hours during the work week in exchange for a weekday off. Many of them alternate between working regular hours in the winter and then compressed in the summer so they can take advantage of long weekends all summer long.

    Must be nice… ;P

  4. Hesty says:

    Huh? I think I’ve been working 10 hrs a day for the last few years and still don’t get Friday off.

  5. Ariane says:

    I wonder if it’s a mandatory change? I know personally there’s no way that my body would stand up to 10 hour days. Anyone with health issues that gives them lower than average energy levels is going to have a really tough time with this, to the point where they may not be able to keep their jobs! The real answer though? I am pretty sure that a lot of people who are efficient with their time management can get the same a mount of stuff done in 4 8-hour days as 5, personally I’d just say workplaces should challenge their employees to get their tasks done more quickly and efficiently. Then you can get the same amount done in a week, have Friday off, and NOT have to work 10 hour days!

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