For example, in Utah, a law requires all state employees to have four-day
work weeks. Since the law passed, the state’s cut energy costs by 13 percent and
employees have reported saving $6 million on gas! And with 52 extra days off
each year, companies say employees are less likely to miss work for personal
reasons – like doctor’s appointments. That’s why more and more companies are
transitioning to 4-day weeks.
But before you ask your boss for a four-day schedule, experts say there are a few potential pitfalls to consider:
- You’ll be less visible. Research shows that when bosses give out promotions, they tend to promote people they see every day. So unless the whole company goes to 4-day workweeks, you may not want to.
- Your body may not be able to handle working longer hours! Many people have found that their productivity drops as the day drags on. So, even after 10 hours on the job, you may have more unfinished work to catch up on at home.
- You may have a hard time finding child-care to cover four-day workweeks. After all, most daycare centers operate on an 8-hour a day schedule.
What do you think? Would you rather work a four-day week?