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Four day work week gaining traction

The four day work week appears to be growing in popularity under the impact of economic instability and energy prices. The movement is presently limited to trying to squeeze fortry hours into a four day week, but the will probably shift to 32 hours in time.

Utah begins a statewide four day work week for public employees on July 3rd.

Local officials, hit by declining revenues, and unable to sidestep by printing dollars and raising taxes, are increasingly turning to this innovation as a means to balance budgets.

We will try to keep up with the announcements as they become available.


Nova Scotia minister suggests four-day work week
Halifax’s sidewalk cafes and harbourside boardwalks could get a lot busier on Fridays, if provincial government workers adopt a proposal being floated for a four day work week.

It won’t happen anytime soon, but Nova Scotia’s energy minister says its time to talk about shortening the number of days workers head to the office.

Richard Hurlburt is proposing to shut down government buildings on Fridays to save on energy costs and reduce traffic. Under the plan, employees would work four ten-hour days.


Queen Creek’s 4-day work week draws interest
Queen Creek’s trial four-day work week is drawing curiosity from public officials across the state.

Since the town launched the alternative schedule and expanded hours Monday through Thursday, human resources director Bruce Gardner said he’s been answering at least one inquiry a week from all over the East Valley and the state.

Questions have come from Tempe, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and state government. Other cities watching include Eloy, Sahuarita south of Tucson, and Wickenburg.

“There’s a lot of dialogue in these other municipalities between the organization and elected officials but it seems like it’s just exploration at this point,” Gardner said.”It will be interesting to see if other cities and towns will follow through.”

Queen Creek’s trial period for the four-day work week began June 30 and will run through Sept. 1 with business hours from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Most departments are closed Friday but essential services remain open.

Town Manager John Kross proposed the change as a way to boost morale during difficult economic times.He said the move also would save money on everything from fuel to electricity – an estimated savings of about $4,000 a month.


State of Hawaii tests 4-day work week
The Hawaii Department of Human Resources Development will be the first state agency to implement a four-day work week beginning Aug. 4.

The reduced work week will apply to all 111 employees at the department’s offices at 235 S. Beretania St. in downtown Honolulu. The department recruits and processes employees for state jobs.

It is part of a three-month pilot program, which will run through Oct. 31.

The state Department of Human Resources Development offices will be open from 7:15 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and will be closed Friday through Sunday.

The department’s recruitment counter will be open to the public from 7:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Gov. Linda Lingle’s administration said Thursday that the program is part of continuing efforts to reduce expenses, streamline state government operations and alleviate traffic congestion by keeping workers off the road during peak travel hours.


South New Jersey school districts pare down work week

Three county school districts are breaking work tradition to increase morale and save energy during the summer.

The Penns Grove-Carneys Point, Pennsville and Salem school districts have condensed from a traditional five-day work week to a new four-day week. The change was based on a suggestion from the New Jersey Department of Education for all districts to try the switch while school is not in session.

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