Utah Moves To Four Day Workweek…

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utahI just stumbled upon this article on Yahoo and figured it’s worth spreading the news. For a long time now, I’ve wondered why the hell most companies make workers go to work on Fridays. I mean, let us work an extra couple of hours during the rest the week and give us a three-day weekend. It makes sense. Here’s the article:

Utah this summer will become what experts say is the first state to institute a mandatory four-day work week for most state employees, joining local governments across the nation that are altering schedules to save money, energy and resources.

Gov. Jon Huntsman, a first-term Republican, says he’s making the change to reduce the state’s carbon footprint, increase energy efficiency, improve customer service and provide workers more flexibility.

“The reaction (from the public) has been very much a willingness to give this a go,” he says.

The change will apply to about 17,000 employees, roughly 80% of the state workforce, Huntsman says. Public universities, the state court system, prisons and other critical services will be exempt. Residents still will have sufficient access to state offices, many staying open from 7 a.m.- 6 p.m., and more than 800 state services are available online, he says.
Leslie Scott, executive director of the National Association of State Personnel Directors, says Huntsman’s action is a first. “Most states have a four-day work week option for their employees, but Utah is the first to go to a mandatory four-day work week,” she says. “A good number of the states are encouraging their agencies and managers to offer a four-day work week whenever possible.”

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*Source: USA Today

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  1. Samambo July 1st, 2008 4:41 pm

    Wow…that should be like that everywhere. So much better.

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