Hear, Hear For The Compressed Workweek

Companies are increasingly realizing that a compressed workweek—where you work four ten-hour days—is better than a regular workweek for tons of reasons.

The state of Utah began offering that option to employees in 2008, and recently asked their workers whether they liked the option. A whopping 82% loved it, reports HRE Online.

“I don’t think you could survey any American workplace and get 80-some percent of the employees to agree on the color of the sky,” Michael Fischl, a University of Connecticut law professor who organized a four-day workweek symposium, told HRE Online.

Companies love it because it saves money, energy, and the environment, not to mention reducing overtime costs. Employees love it because they have one less day of commute, they feel more productive, and can get errands like doctor appointments done on Friday.

“Anecdotally, we’ve heard comments from Utah employees that a 10-hour day is long and that they’re exhausted,” Lori Wadsworth, a Brigham Young University professor who has been surveying Utah employees, told HRE Online. “But many also say they’re really energized because they know they’ll have a three-day weekend.”

Drawbacks: Less time to go out to dinner or do other evening activities, finding childcare with extended hours, and the fact that you’re working ten freaking hours a day.

The Feds have an option where you work nine 9-hour days and get the tenth day off, which seems like somewhat of a compromise.

Do you like these options? Should we all just transition to a Results Only Work Environment and forget about everything else?