4-Day Workweek Benefits

From the AP:

SALT LAKE CITY – Closing Utah state offices on Fridays has delivered an unexpected bonus: a big saving on overtime pay.

New calculations show Utah saved $4.1 million in the first year of a government experiment with a four-day workweek.

State employees were eager to leave after the longer workday, and weren’t inclined to work an extra hour or two.

“They’re getting what they need to get done in 10 hours and going home,” said Angie Welling, spokeswoman for Gov. Gary Herbert.

“The state envisioned some energy savings, but that overtime number was not anticipated,” she said Wednesday.


65 Responses to “4-Day Workweek Benefits”

  1. 1 Melissa Alexander October 22, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    I think a four day work week is ideal. A three day weekend every weekend…..YAY! Having and extra day to get things done outside of the office would be nice. And I believe that the employee’s would be more refreshed come Monday. Our lives are filled with so many things to do and so little time…. that we forget about ourselves. I believe that in order to live a longer, healthier and happier life it is necessary to do something just for you every once in a while. I think its great that business’ can save money too. It’s a win-win situation if you ask me. The employee gets their full work week and the business saves money. Where can I sign up?

  2. 2 Rene Martinez October 22, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Man a four day week sounds awesome but lets face it, in california that can never happen. Not unless the extra day is used for working at home plus people are losing money when they don’t have that extra day, in this crisis employees need all the income they can get.

  3. 3 Ciara Pedroncelli October 22, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    A four day week sounds perfect to me. This idea of working less days but almost the same amount of hours is good. I have read before that the United States is one of the least efficient countries in the world. It takes a greater amount of time for the United States to do something and takes other countries less amount of time for the same output. Are Americans just lazy? Or do they just need to be pushed? Maybe this is the best way to push Americans and save money at the same time. The difference between Utah employees and California employees working four days a week though is that California employees are making less money because of budget cuts. Maybe California should start learning from other states and begin moving in the right direction.

  4. 4 Amanda Herrera October 22, 2009 at 6:27 PM

    What first comes to my mind is “Great! A three day weekend!”. However, personally i am not sure if i would keep focus. People have different attention spans and a 10 hour working day might be pushing it. BUt on the other hand, I know of many example where people don’t get paid by the hour and are often stuck working more than 8 hours a day.I guess its hard to tell what would be preferable until you are an employee faced in that situation. Although, it does seem true that it would save the company money on overtime. Saving money is always a big plus.

  5. 5 Jorge Clavijo October 22, 2009 at 6:37 PM

    Working only four days a week sounds great for me. However, I would prefer to work SHORT hours for five days a week and have the weekend off as a prize for all the hard work I did. On the other side, four days a week of work could save me money in transportation expenses.

  6. 6 Charles McNeil October 23, 2009 at 1:10 AM

    My mother works for the state and is beginning to appreciate her furlough days. This post brings her new situation to mind. 4×10 is a bit different… but at the same time, I know my mom has work that could definitely be done on those furlough Fridays. Stretching and condensing the work schedule is the common thread I’m chasing.

    She almost seems to have a renewed appreciation for a lost (?) commodity: free-time. I haven’t been working 40++ hour weeks for 25 years straight like she has. So I guess my appreciation for my own free-time hasn’t been lost in the shuffle. But I can imagine what it’s like.

    Regular 3-day weekends are a blessing for people that work as hard as she does… even if they are unpaid. Is she guilty of working harder than ever just before those furlough weekends? Just so she can relish in them all the more, knowing the condensed work has been satisfactorily addressed? Probably.

    Some of these changes induced by “the current economic climate” seem to be small blessings in disguise… not just for productivity, but oddly enough for some workers’ peace of mind. But of course, a lot of people aren’t fortunate enough to be working. So, I guess I’m only pointing out a positive or two where there are few to be found.

  7. 7 Deb Snyder October 23, 2009 at 6:52 AM

    Over the course of my career, I have worked a variety of work schedules – 5 day week with 8 hours a day, 4 day week with 10 hours a day, 3 day week with 12 hour days, and straight 7 day weeks with a fluctuating work day. I once worked 41 days straight!

    Also, being in a position of management, I have scheduled people for all of those different scenarios.

    What really seems to make the most sense, is an 8 hour, 5 day a week job. This is for office work – hospital or manufacturing might be different. Where people gain the benefit is from being able to “flex” their hours – either coming in early or coming in late, or being able to telecommute. The Working World seems geared for this and day care is geared for this.

    But bringing it back to Utah and their cost savings from overtime because they went to a 4 day work week – overtime can and should be managed by the manager. There is no business reason that a cost savings should have been realized by this change in workweeks. In these times of economic crisis, or even just as a good business practice, managers and supervisors need to be accountable for the dollars that their departments are spending, and that includes keeping a lid on overtime worked and paid.

  8. 8 David Perez October 25, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    I think that these 4-Day workweeks are very ideas to save some money, and provide workers more flexiblity with their lives. As stated, the drawback is an extra two hours to the workday. I guess this wouldn’t be bad for a desk job, but this might be hard on a factory worker or someone in construction. Nonetheless, it is important that people make sacrifices for our economy. Whether someone is pro or against this new policy, it probably will not stay in effect for very long.

    On a more lighter note, people might become very bored! Those who are used to the traditional 9-5, 5 day a week jobs will have to adjust quickly if this was put in place throughout more of the United States. Hopefully this doesn’t lead to some kind of effect on productivity as these new workers will become relaxed with their longer weekends. But if Utah saved $4.1 million in only one year, then I say its worth a try in other states facing budget problems.

  9. 9 Nick Rood October 25, 2009 at 10:08 PM

    Although certain occupations would not be able to maintain a 4 day work week, I believe that, where possible, a shorter work week would be beneficial. People would save on transportation as well as the time during the commute. I do not feel that the extra time at work would affect productivity. On the contrary, it would allow workers more time to finish projects without the interruption between work days. I also agree that 3 day weekends would allow people to get more done in their personal life, and feel more rested when they return to work. The main problem lies with occupations that customer service 5-7 days a week. Another potential problem relates to children and their school hours. Families would have trouble juggling longer work hours for parents if school hours remain the same. I like the idea of a four day work week and feel that it would be beneficial to the individual, company and economy where applicable.

  10. 10 Robert Rey, Econ 100 October 26, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    The blog post left out something that I thought was an important consequence of the 4 day workweek; citizens lose a day of government service as a result of it. In order to continue to reap the unexpected benefits of the schedule change, the population will have to adjust to it as well. Good that the state government wants to get people’s opinions about the program, because it could get hectic. What if vital services people use regularly are affected by this, such as the legal courts and social service offices? These days, people are becoming more reliant on those services to get through the money crunch affecting the country. Some might not be able to wait up to three days to ask for assistance. As for the employees in these programs, aren’t they going through some adjustments as well because less time spread throughout the week to do work? Though, a day off can improve productivity, offsetting the increased workload that comes as a result of it.

  11. 11 Amanda Chow October 26, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    I think what Utah is doing is great. You figure if employees are actually willing to work longer hours to have fridays off then they are more motivated to work and can get more work done and out of the way in a day. That one extra day of rest can also boost up the working levels during the week. This is a great idea because the company then also saves on utilities expenses such as running computers and lighting. Overall I believe this is a positive idea for the workplace atmosphere and the individual.

  12. 12 Anna Chkhikvishvili October 26, 2009 at 9:55 PM

    I would like to think that a 4-day workday could exist in the 21st century, but lets be honest, it is not possible. 4-day workday is perfect for having longer vacation days and spending more time with family and friends. However, many individuals could not stand working for so long during the day for four days in a row. Also, the way the economy is now, people need to work as much as possible, and bring in money.

  13. 13 D. Colin Sorenson October 27, 2009 at 7:24 AM

    A four day work week, in my opinion wouldn’t be beneficial. This country grew on hard work, dedication and working non-stop. Do you think the railroads would have been finished so quick if they took a day off? Could farmers, back then and now-a-days, afford a day off?

    My point is that we, as a nation, are seen as a lazy country. This would only prove us wrong. We need to get back to the old fashion ways of getting things done. Working long and hard weeks.

    Although working overtime to minimize a work day is the same as working all 5 days to me. If you stay after work and get quality work done in those hours, then I do believe that you deserve a 4 day week. But, if people are working regular hours and taking friday off, that is lazy and should not be accepted.

  14. 14 Ben Petersen October 27, 2009 at 7:30 AM

    As long as the same amount of work is being completed, I don’t see why this couldnt be used effectively. People are motivated by the weekend, and being able to finally sit down worry-free and relax. But if longer work days lead to being less focused on the task at hand later in the day, then we could see problems start to arise. With these other things set aside, who doesn’t want a three-day weekend every week? As long as those 40 hours are met and each and every hour is used productively, I believe it is a good idea.

  15. 15 Alexandria Horton October 27, 2009 at 7:36 AM

    I think a 4 day work-week is great. Who wouldn’t love a 3 day weekend. I know I can always work longer but never more days. This should be enforced everywhere, give the people some rest, for couple more hours and 4 days with the same pay…now that sounds like a happy country. Everyone wins!

  16. 16 Maria Rogan October 27, 2009 at 6:23 PM

    For me, getting off of work earlier and having a longer weekend might sound good but then again it might be bad. It just means that you would have to work harder and faster to get the work done by the fourth day of the week. This could mean that people would become sloppy and not do their work as efficiently because they would only have 4 days to do it instead of 5. Personally, my focus would decrease. Also, does this mean that people would not get paid as much because they are only working 4 days? In summary, having a longer weekend would be nice, but you could lose a lot by only working 4 days.

  17. 17 Alanna Heaney October 28, 2009 at 5:01 PM

    i think a 3 day weekend is a great idea. its the same amount of hours in a 4 day week as it is in a 5 day week. you are still working 40 hrs its just cut down to 4 days. it gives you an extra day to relax because sometimes on the weekend you are extremely busy so it gives you an extra metal health day and we all love those!

  18. 18 Ruby S October 29, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    I think there are both pros and cons to having a four day work week, some being the long weekend and less time spent commuting to work, but other being that the days are longer and may cause employees to lose focus and not get as much done then if they had worked shorter hours five days a week.

    This idea may seem ideal for companies in order for them to save money, but what about the workers who need the money, especially now?

  19. 19 Carling October 31, 2009 at 4:55 PM

    I would love to have a four day week, but in my opinion I think that five day week is ideal. It is interesting to read this article because one of our family friends owns a small shop in my hometown that sells home decor. They have four employees in total that run the store. During the rougher part of the recession they weren’t able to pay their bills so they decided to only open their store Tuesday through Thursday. They found that their sales increased, and their energy/water bills decreased, making for a higher revenue. Our family friend loves making more money, as well as only working four times a week! I think that only small businesses would see positive affects with this system.

  20. 20 Nick Baumann November 1, 2009 at 7:57 PM

    I think that 10 hour work days are harsh, but I cannot deny the benefits that they seem to have. The 4/10 schedule did, after all, save Utah close to 5 million dollars. I think this policy should at least be given a try here in California. The savings here would be even greater since we have more state employees and services. It would also serve our general practice of being a “green state”; we could reduce our pollution by a lot by powering down those huge state offices and keeping our cars in the garage on Fridays. I think the state should definitely give it a shot.

  21. 21 Marie Moussa November 3, 2009 at 10:11 PM

    I think that having a 4 day work week would be really nice. Not only will it help save us lots of money, but it would help keep tension and stress out of the work place. As long as all the work is being done, I think that this could be a really good and effective change for everyone.

  22. 22 Mike Beretta November 4, 2009 at 4:12 PM

    The four day work week can be good for the work place. If people are worried about not having government services for a period of three days, I’m willing to bet there are certain employees that would work Monday through Thursday and others that would work Thursday through Sunday. Three days off in a row is three days off! This type of system might be beneficial to the public as a whole so they can take advantage of different days when government services would be open at more convenient times. Actually, by working 10 hour days, it allows the public that much more of an opportunity to get to DMV or city hall, whatever their need might be. Less stress for everyone. Utah may have caught on to something that the rest of the country could learn from.

  23. 23 Kaitlin E November 4, 2009 at 11:12 PM

    Initially, a four day work week sounds nice but I would be interested to see if there is any proof that it is as effective as a five day week. Even though the total number of hours being worked are the same, are people as efficient i n those extra two hours? I really have no idea, but it would be interesting to see if there is research on this.

  24. 24 Gina November 5, 2009 at 8:57 AM

    Well this 4 day work day sounds good but in reality I don’t think it would work for people in california. I know that I could probably handle a 10 hour day just fine, because I usually work 8 hours a day and head off to class for 3 more hours, 4days out of the week. However not everyone is young like me and can handle that. Poeple’s energy and focus may start to slip if we push them too hard in one day. Many people would prefer 5 days of shorter hours.

  25. 25 Alex Stauffer November 5, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Salt Lake City seems to be on to something. While reading the beginning of the article I felt that I was going to be opposed to this idea, due to the fact that some people need that extra day for the money. But it seems that the hours end up evening out. Which I mean according to Dennis a working mom in this article is better for her whole family. The unfortunate conclusion I came to is that I feel some states wouldn’t be able to make this work. For example California, New York and Florida are just so work oriented it would be hard to get everyone on board, especially those workaholics out there. Then I feel that the new first day of the weekend would soon become the day that the “more committed” people would work, which isn’t necessarily fair. But I guess we do it now, what’s one more day?

  26. 26 Nicole Hernandez November 10, 2009 at 9:06 AM

    I think this would be a good idea here in California, but I don’t think it would work. I would like for work a few more hours for four days and to have a three day weekend. I think it’s a good example for other states to keep in mind, we just need to see the results of how it worked out in Utah.

  27. 27 Evan Schlinkert November 11, 2009 at 6:10 PM

    Working for four days sounds great, but with the work day lasting ten hours, I don’t know that sounds very rough. If I were working ten hour days i would not even think about working overtime, and it seems that for the state that would be fantastic. i think that we should do this in California because if Utah can save a little over 4 million then hopefully we can save that if not more. All in all, i think we should try this at least for a year in California and see where we get with it.

  28. 28 Jennifer Tarbell November 23, 2009 at 4:01 PM

    4 day work week=Saving money for everyone. large buildings, businesses and campuses would save millions in electricity cost alone each year if we adopted this plan. this would mean less polution and commuting. just hopefully people would be able to get everything done in 4 days. just hink of how many times youve said “I wish i had just one more day for the weekend” on a sunday afternoon.

  29. 29 Karla Martinez November 23, 2009 at 9:32 PM

    I personally like the idea of a 4-day workweek, I only come to campus four days and I love it! However, I think this system would be good for employers but not for employees, at least here in California. With the bad economy people would like to get in as many hours of work as possible, so getting an extra day off might be upsetting to many. I think eventually working extra time on Thursday might become the new overtime, because of the need for employees to get done a 5-day week’s worth of work in only four days, even if those days are longer. So if overtime is shifted from Fridays to Thursdays, then the Government might not save so much after all. California’s way of life is too busy and fast-paced for many offices to close down Fridays, however, DMV offices are starting to head in this direction, so it might a precursor to more Government offices doing so too.

  30. 30 Anna Hernandez November 28, 2009 at 11:06 PM

    not sure about a four hour work week although it does sound too good to be true. that’s because it is. ten hour work days are too much for an individual to stand. a government office cannot do it because the rest of the world works on a five day schedule. possible business would be lost and this would be a great inconvenience for the public and the employees. the employees are at a disadvantage because work accumulates from the missing work day. however, there may be a greater rate in employee satisfaction because of the additional day off and the opportunity to rest and run errands on a weekday when all business are open during regular business hours that would be, instead, spent at work.

    overtime…that’s another factor would affect the employer. perhaps the employer has a policy in place that does not pay the employee for overtime due to the four day work week, but does pay overtime for hours beyond the normal 40 hour business week. if not, paying each non-exempt employee for the two hours of overtime would be a hefty bill to pay.

    however, if it has been calculated that a four day work week would cut costs, regardless of the accumulation in employee exhaustion and the inconvenience to the pubic, then so be it.

  31. 31 Hyo Kim November 29, 2009 at 2:38 AM

    Actually in Feb of 2009, California had run similar type of work program for DMV because they couldn’t afford to pay employees.
    It might sounds sweet to the people who work for the government,
    but it sounds bad for the people who need to use the services.

  32. 32 JoAnn Reynolds November 29, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    I can see where everyone would initially react to this article with a positive reaction to the extra day off. I see that Utah has adopted this and it is working well for them. I can also see where people would think that it could not work for California. We have such different dynamics as states that it is possible for something to work for one state that would not work for another. The 4 day work week is a good idea, people are still working the same amount of hours in the week and they have more leisure time. The same amount of hours tells me that they would still have exactly the same amount of work time so why should what days they are make a difference? People would have better attitudes in the new week because they have more time to spend on themselves. Sounds great! But what about those who are salaried? Would they still have to put in the extra hours that so many of them do now? I don’t know but initially this sounds like a good idea. The state jobs are almost there already except that the employees are not being paid for a full week’s work. Would this be a better plan for them? I’m not sure but I think that it deserves more serious thought.

  33. 33 Kathryn Koller November 30, 2009 at 8:29 PM

    Initially the idea of a four day sounds great…but longer days would make it a little rougher. Then instead of choosing to stay longer because you feel there would some benefit in it, you are being forced to stay each day even if there was no need for it and that could be non efficient. I just barely skimmed the post above mine and definitely agree. California is kind of known for it’s workaholic mentality so just because they only have to work four days there’s no guarantees we’ll be like Utah and overtime will not longer be an issue. My dad has been furloughed and really isn’t into it because he can’t get as much work done and even though everyone knows there’s a less day they still expect the same amount of work done and it’s just not possible unless he does put in the overtime to make up for that loss day. and that just seems so backwards to me because overtime is so much compared to just paying him for the day. Utah is trying to make things work, but i’m not sure if having people work less days is the answer for everyone.

  34. 34 yvonne December 2, 2009 at 9:03 PM

    The population here in California would not make it ideal for a 4/10 work week. Although 3 day weekends sound wonderful, I think more work would accumalate with more days off. Sure there would be the same amount of work hours during the week but for some reason having more work days rather than work hours seem to allow people to get more things done more effeciently rather than quickly. I know my mind starts to wish I was going home around the 7th hour in my work shift. I start running on auto pilot around then. And I know how it is to work 4/10’s it sucked for me. As far as saving on the electricity and stuff, if it’s the same amount of work hours wouldn’t it be the same amount of electricity.

  35. 35 Matthew Abang December 3, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    A four day work week sounds really good. How about a four-day school week? This could save states a lot of money. California has started a furlough system, in which state employees do not work Friday. The problem is that many essential services may not get provided. But it is better to keep a four-day week over agencies having to shut down. Remember that individuals have to face trade-offs.

  36. 36 Jacqueline Guerrero December 5, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Hey if the four day work week works for Utah then that’s great. However, I do not think that program would be as successful in California. It all comes down to the employee and the amount there willing to work. In these rough economy times everyone is willing now more than ever.

  37. 37 Francine Zumbo December 5, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    I think a 4 day work week would be great. It would hopefully get people motivated to get work done so they can enjoy a 3 day weekend. I do see how it might be kind of unrealistic but I think will boundaries it could be possible.

  38. 38 Kali Hardcastle December 6, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    i already know of places in california that have many employees that work four 10-hour day shifts a week. my boyfriend works in a window plant during the summers that does this and i can see how after working such a long day, especially in the heat, he would not want to hang around to work an extra hour or so. it is nice that he gets three days for the weekend. it gives him extra time to relax and catch up with old friends, just to do something besides work. however, the four days that someone does work, especially manual work, can be exhausting and draining. however, with that work schedule there is more time to relax. however, i can see how this may not work for many jobs. i think that this would be a bad idea for working parents who already spend too much time away from the home. there has to be some kind of balance.

  39. 39 Martin M December 6, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    After reading this article, I am convinced that working 4 days a week would be ideal. They are still working the forty hour requirement and still getting their work done. Then again, some workers wouldn’t want to cram their work and maybe take incrimants during their work scheduele. I think it would be a great idea, just to try it out.

  40. 40 Margaret Garbo December 6, 2009 at 9:42 PM

    4 day workweeks= 3 day weekends! Even as students, that kind of deal already sounds sweet! I think this type of system is a good idea! Having almost the same amount of work hours put in with employees still putting out the same results is something extraordinary. The companies are able to cut back on expenses such as overtime pays while employees are happy with a longer break between work. With happier employees,the more eager they are to finish work. Although there might be risks in this such as time efficiency and possibly quality of work done, I think that if the kinks are taken out and solved, then this would be an awesome idea to put into effect. I agree though with Hyo Kim being that in that point of view, it would be less beneficial for us if services were needed and the companies were closed especially since it is those three days of the week that most companies gain the most income and services are most needed.

  41. 41 Sarah Reddell December 6, 2009 at 11:27 PM

    I loved reading about this different 4day work week. It makes sense that without spreading our tasks over a 5-day week many people are forced into working harding and more efficiently, without feeling the need to work extra hours. This may be a solution to a lot of budget problems elsewhere in the country.

  42. 42 Angela December 6, 2009 at 11:58 PM

    Working four days a week is the ideal work schedule. I personally would love to have that schedule and work only 4 instead of 5 days week.
    The article mentions that employees were more eager to leave after 10 hours, representing this some saving of energy and considerable saving in overtime. I’m sure that employees work as fast as they can on Thursday to get their job done, so they will leave as soon as they complete their 10 hours.
    Having an extra day off also allow employees to spend more time with their family.

  43. 43 amos mccray-goldsmith December 7, 2009 at 12:20 AM

    i also heard similar ideas on maybe stopping dilervering mail on saturdays. its a real balancing act of the amount the government needs to pay to get the work done and how much time it takes to do it. if the postal service was to stop delivering mail on saturdays, there is no doubt that they would save a fortune. not only on paying for man hours but also energy savings and the like . so similarly a four day work week may be good for the government.

  44. 44 Yolly T. December 7, 2009 at 8:05 AM

    I think a 4day work week is great. But how affective can it be out in other states. How about with exporting/ importing. Everyone else around the world works 5,6,7 days a week. I am not saying that its bad. I mean you get a 3 day weekend. Who wouldn’t want that!

  45. 45 Luke Napier December 7, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    I really like this idea that should be applied to the work place. To change the normal five day week work to three or four would change the whole idea of the work place. It would force people to have not as many sick days and show up to work more often. It would create less traffic in large cities with less people constantly going to work. One of the issues that I see with changing to this plan is the fact that there would be less jobs. We are already at a record low point in this country so why even throw more wood into the fire. We need to think of ways to get more people into the work place instead of trying to get the easy way out of our problems.

  46. 46 dlilpanama December 8, 2009 at 9:14 AM

    i like this idea and then again i dont. it would be nice to beable to work only 3 or 4 days a week if everything else stayed the same. nothing would stay the same though. people would be making less money and not be able to pay there bills like they used to. if they arnt in work as much then there at home running up all the bills or on the road burning gas doing nothing or in bed sleep letting the world pass them by. if they only masde people go to work 3 or 4 days out of the week a lot of people will want to work everyday to keep living good and they wont be able to because there wont be enough jobs for everybody. this will make unemployment go way up high. i think its better off left how it is and just let people ta vacation time if they need a break or somthing.

  47. 47 Josh Highness December 8, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    When I hear four day work week the first thing that comes to mind is three day weekend! I think when employees don’t have any extra hours to pick up with a set four day week it would maximize their job efficiency regardless of the ten hour workday. If you enjoy your job you wouldn’t even notice. The three day weekends are always a plus and I know when I take a holiday from work I always feel a little more refreshed and eager to jump back into the workweek. Looking at the pros and cons a four day work week would be beneficial to some services but may need to be slowly introduced and clearly notify the public before enacting it. Great idea I personally think.

  48. 48 Justin Castro December 8, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Just like the majority of Americans, i would love a 4 day week and 3 day weekend. It sounds great but at the same time it would mean that we all have to work way harder during the 4 days that we are working in order to earn the 3 day weekend. I think that it would also work better in Utah than in California because our industries are much different, and California is much more highly populated

  49. 49 Britany Linton December 8, 2009 at 5:51 PM

    This is cool but for every “cool” thing there is an “uncool” thing. If there is one less day of work, people will be missing out on another days pay and there will be no opportunities for overtime for people who need a little extra money. I dont think I would like this. I wouldnt be able to work overtime for a little extra cash.

  50. 50 Stephen Cassinelli December 8, 2009 at 8:26 PM

    Way to go Utah. Who would not want a consistent three day weekend. Although this sound pretty good, almost to good to be true, I’m not sure if i would like the schedule. Having to work an extra few hours a day to compensate for the Friday off might be a little overwhelming. After a routine hard days work just think about adding some more on to it, and do it four days in a row. Maybe it is not for everyone, but don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad idea.

  51. 51 Vina Giang December 8, 2009 at 8:44 PM

    a four day work week sounds good but how much are these people being paid? if it is a good amount than it is more than good and the fact that the state saved a ton of money on not having to pay people work a few extra days benefits the state and their employees who like working four days in a week.It wouldn’t be such a bad idea if other states start doing this four week day.They would have extra money to spend.

  52. 52 Jamie B December 8, 2009 at 9:30 PM

    It sounds good at first sight, but as being a victim for the furlough days in California, it isn’t that great. Some employees need overtime, and the fact of the matter is the less time a person works, the less they get paid. The fact that the state is saving money is good, but the 4.1 million dollars is out of people’s salaries. This money could be used to go into the economy, but instead people are making less money.

  53. 53 Kyle Ray December 9, 2009 at 12:29 AM

    Four day work weeks sounds fine to me, but I cant say it has a particular advantage over 5 days. Less stress sure, but that comes with less overtime apparently– which also means less disposable income to spend on your long weekend.

  54. 54 Nubia Cazares December 9, 2009 at 10:05 AM

    I think that the four day work week is great, but to work for 10 hours a day seems ridiculous to me, that is to much time at work. I can see the amount of money companies can save but I can also see the downfall of this. Although there might be a benefit to having a 3 day week I think that the 10 hour work days are far to much to handle in one day.

  55. 55 Heinrick Devera December 12, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    That’s great for Utah – saving 4.1 million on the first year, plus the workers are getting a 4-day workweek. For California, it seems like the reverse effect is happening. Some workers are getting fewer hours, but we are still having some problems. I don’t think giving fewer hours to workers is going to help a lot. They should just give everyone back their normal hours and cut costs somewhere else.

  56. 56 Taylor Smith December 12, 2009 at 5:48 PM

    I think this would be a great idea, only a four day work week it sounds good, but the longer hours do not sound as good. I would rather have a five day work week with shorter hours so that i am able to get other things done on work days instead of my whole day being working and no time after to run errands and such. This could be a good idea, but a lot of different aspects would have to be looked at.

  57. 57 Brodeick Nickelberry Jr. December 13, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    This was a good plan to put money back in Utah’s Pocket. However, this might have hurt the workers because it puts less money in their pockets to live. So the economy still will be bad because the people are getting less money. so instead of doing this they should find other cuts to do.

  58. 58 Tiffany Molinar December 13, 2009 at 11:35 PM

    I don’t see much of an up side to the whole 4 day work week. I only know how it can affect people because my mom works for the state and it has made a large impact on our family. I also don’t believe that taking pay from people will put more money into the state. They want people to go out and spend money for the economy but when they make all these “furlow” days people are less willing to spend extra money on dinner or the finer things. The numbers don’t mean a lot to me, especially when I know personally what the four day work week can affect families.

  59. 59 Taylor Latt December 14, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    My mother works for Contra Costa County. she works four ten-hour days, and she loves it. she has a day to herself when school is in to clean up or lay around with no distractions, and she says the longer 10 hour days really dont seem so long after all. i would love to get a weeks worth of work done in four days and have a three day weekend all the time. it sounds so nice, like a child’s play time. Valuable, haha.

  60. 60 Fr,K December 14, 2009 at 4:59 PM

    For a while, a 4-day workweek would be beneficial in the ways mentioned. People will increase productivity becaause they don’t have as long to do the same amount of work. Eventually workers would assimilate to the 4-day workweek, as they did to the 5-day workweek, and I think we would have the same sort of issues such as increased overtime.

  61. 61 Rochelle Galzote December 14, 2009 at 9:10 PM

    Even though i don’t work, I would love to have a 4 day work week. Even without work, there is still a lot to get done and can be very stressful. I could just imagine if I worked, i’d have so many things on my hands and worry about getting things done. A 4 day work week would help a lot because in just one day, you can get a lot done and also have some time to clear your mind and relax.

  62. 62 Tiffany Hagewood February 5, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    Although I will probably never hold a traditional 9-5 day job, a 4 day work week makes it sound a bit more appealing. Still don’t think I have it in me though! My mother used to work a 4 day work week as a Psych Tech. First off, I don’t understand how she can even handle that position and still remain so sweet and calm. She needed the extra day just to recover from the stress of her work week! But of course some jealous coworker or two complained and she just recently had to go back to a normal 9-5 5 day work week. I think it would be impossible to go to a 4 day work week state wide. And even if it wasn’t there’d probably always be someone left working on that fifth day to ruin it for the rest of us!

  63. 63 Michelle Benton February 9, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    I think what Utah did was brilliant. I am not sure if Utah is subject to daily and weekly overtime like California but this could be a good model for California to follow to try and save some money. California is the most employee friendly state when it comes to employment law. The fact that CA is subject to paying daily and weekly overtime makes it that much more expensive to have people working more than 8 hours a day and 40 hours a week. Having people less inclined to stay later than their scheduled 10 hours (on an alternative workweek program) can save a ton of money for a the state in overtime. CA also has a much stricter approval process for employers to do a 4 day workweek because the state looks at it as companies trying to get out of paying overtime. There is a lengthy process for approval but I think it would be well worth an employers time to invest.

  64. 64 Bob April 9, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    I think a 4 day week is great. As an employee of a small manufacturing company. 2 more hours a day would be great. All the machinery is up and running. Ovens at temp, etcetc.
    One less day to have all that going would be time and money saving. Talk about making your footprint samller.

  65. 65 Kelsey Zeller May 17, 2010 at 10:58 PM

    I think this idea is great. Who wouldn’t want to put in a few more hours of work for 4 days and then get 3 days off. Its perfect. yes it could be harder at first to work longer hours, but in the long run i think it will make things easier. It could also open up jobs. People will be only working 4 days instead of 5 so thats 1 day of shifts that need to be filled. awsome idea

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