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Solution to Your State's Budget Shortfall: The Four-Day Workweek

29 July 2009 3:30 PM, PDT | Fast Company | See recent Fast Company news »

Some states are thinking of slashing budgets by instituting four-day workweeks--thus saving money, and carbon. Does it work?


Like many other states, Utah's been crushed by budget shortfalls. So they've gotten creative: Last August, they began an experiment, putting all government workers on a four-day workweek. They're not working less, employees still have to put in at least ten hours a day, Monday through Thursday. But guess what? 82% of workers want to stick with the arrangement. And the economic and environmental benefits are significant, as Scientific American reports:

For those workplaces, there's no longer a need to turn on the lights, elevators or computers on Fridays--nor do janitors need to clean vacant buildings. Electric bills have dropped even further during the summer, thanks to less air-conditioning: Friday's midday hours have been replaced by cooler mornings and evenings on Monday through Thursday. As of May, the state had saved $1.8 million. ...

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