In a year long experiment, the state of Utah is adopting the 4-day work week for government employees. Working 4 ten-hour days and enjoying the liberty of a three day weekend has been the preference of many workers for years, but in recent times their has been increasing push for government agencies and large corporations to adopt the practice. Proponents cite significant savings in energy and productivity for employers and savings of time and money for employees by eliminating a day’s commute. Utah expects to save $3 million in the first year in electricity savings alone and is still attempting to calculate savings in unused gasoline, which will probably amount to several million more. Critics say that many citizens will be inconvenienced by shortened service and office hours and families will have difficulties in rearranging childcare. One expects that childcare services will soon adapt to the new schedule and individuals will adapt to new service and office hours. Increasing online options for a growing number of formerly site based government services should also ease this difficulty. Of the states 24,000 executive-branch employees, 17,000 will be affected by republican governor Jon Huntsman’s order. Court, university, prison, state-run liquor store and police employees comprise the bulk of those who will be excluded. The state will evaluate the program after one year and determine whether to permanently adopt the 4-day work week.

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