Imagine, a 4 day work week?

6 Jan

In 2009, Utah became the first state to institute a four-day workweek for all state employees. The change was made largely in an effort to cut costs on commuting and utilities like electricity, heating and water. After a year, a financial analysis proved that switching to a 4 day workweek substantially reduced costs, both for the state and its employees.

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Sounds like an ideal situation right? Keeping Monday as far away as possible from Friday.

According to Time magazine, “The state found that its compressed workweek resulted in a 13 percent reduction in energy use and estimated that employees saved as much as $6 million in gasoline costs. Altogether, the initiative will cut the state’s greenhouse-gas emissions by more than 12,000 metric tons a year.”

Thats an ADDITIONAL 52 days off in a year!!

Streamlining 40 hours by starting earlier and staying later four days a week. But on that glorious 5th day, they don’t have to commute, and their offices don’t need to be heated, cooled or lit. The advantages of a so-called 4-10 schedule are clear: less commuting, lower utility bills. But there have been unexpected benefits as well, even for people who aren’t state employees. By staying open for more hours most days of the week, Utah’s government offices have become accessible to people who in the past had to miss work to get there in time. With the new 4-10 policy, lines at the department of motor vehicles actually got shorter. Plus, fears that working 10-hour days would lead to burnout turned out to be unfounded, workers took fewer sick days and reported exercising more on Fridays. HA!

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The new schedule wasn’t without its problems. A lot of workers, for instance, wound up missing their kids’ afternoon soccer games or having to find daycare centers that stayed open late, since work ran until 6 p.m. But according to surveys conducted after the switch, a majority of employees said they preferred the new schedule to the old one and that they were saving money on commuting costs because of it.

Would something like that work in California? How about Los Angeles?

Last May, Gov. Jerry Brown asked state employees to work a four-day, 38-hour week as part of a package of massive spending cuts needed to help the state close an unexpected $15.7 billion budget deficit. Time will tell if this plan works.

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Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, Utahs 4 day work week experiment came to an end. When the Utah Legislature released an audit claiming that the state overestimated how much it saved during the first year. Far from Huntsman’s estimate of $3 million in savings, the Legislature estimated that the program had saved less than $1 million. Whoops.

Some of us are able to work from home and avoid the rough Los Angeles commute and the major television networks and newspapers remain active across all social media networks, so were able to keep tabs of the worlds happenings. From  our tablets, smart phones and computers.

This also leads to the question of wether we’re working jobs we genuinely enjoy and are passionate about. It should be common knowledge, that all of us have worked jobs we weren’t crazy about. Make that the motivation to turn your life around. Doing what one loves, even if it isn’t the most profitable. Being happy and content with what you do everyday is worth more than money. WeShareMedia was founded along this train of thought and encourage you to follow suit 🙂

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