Workers Shifting to 4-day Workweek to Save Gasoline

In an age where video game blogging can be done anywhere, are we effected by the high gas crisis? Technology has improved, so the old school way of driving to work, 5 days a week, should be a thing of the past. Well it looks like Ohio’s Kent State University, has proposed the idea to 94 employees and 78 have taken them on it.

“By allowing employees to work four 10-hour days it will save them 20 percent on their commute costs and ease the financial pinch of filling up their cars,” said Oakland County, Michigan, executive L. Brooks Patterson, who last week proposed the compressed week for county workers.”

4-Day Work Week – Basic Work Requirement

A full-time employee must work 10 hours a day, 40 hours a week, and 80 hours a biweekly pay period. The agency head determines the number of hours a part-time employee must work in a 4-day workweek and the number of hours in a biweekly pay period.

The federal government has offered four-day workweeks to eligible employees for years as part of a flexible work program that also includes telecommuting. But the surge in gasoline prices is pushing more private employers as well as local governments to offer a four-day week as a perk that eliminates two commutes a week.

What do you guys think of 4-day work weeks?

Via Reuters

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Readers Comments (3)

  1. I like the idea of a 4 day work week. A lot of the times I don’t feel like I get enough done in 8 hours anyways. I could use the 3 day weekend as well.

  2. @mark: I agree. We should really all work on a 4 day schedule. Doing the M-F thing or M-Saturday thing for some, productivity rapidly drops off anyway towards the end of the week. I really think if more Americans went to the 4 day week, we’d see productivity either stay equal to the 5 day system or possibly increase. We really just don’t have enough free time anymore in society.

  3. Will, you nailed it. There really isn’t enough free time in society. Saturday is the only true Weekend to look forward to. Sunday just means, back to work tomorrow.

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