Eighty percent of you think a four-day work week is a great idea, so many of you are probably about to have a few minutes of Utah envy right about now. Next month, Utah state employees will put in 10-hour days four days a week, opening up Fridays for whatever they please. There are some issues with the compressed work week like child-care for longer working hours and public transportation, but many workers are already busy planning how they'll spend their extra free time.
The initiative is built around reducing the state's energy costs and commuter's gas bills, and Utah is the first state to experiment with the four-day work week for its employees. Public offices will extend their hours to accommodate working residents that need to use their services before and after regular work hours. Other states considering moving to a condensed work week will be paying close attention to how energy bills and employee productivity will be affected.