Thank Goodness It's Thursday! : Blog Of The Nation With companies looking to cut costs without cutting productivity, the state of Utah may have the answer: Four day work weeks.
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Thank Goodness It's Thursday!

TGIF is so last century. Now it's TGIT. According to Time, the state of Utah shifted 17,000 state workers to a 4-day schedule. Same pay. Longer days Monday through Thursday. Three day weekends every week. And after 12 months, so far so good:

The state found that its compressed workweek resulted in a 13% reduction in energy use and estimated that employees saved as much as $6 million in gasoline costs. Altogether, the initiative will cut the state's greenhouse-gas emissions by more than 12,000 metric tons a year. And perhaps not surprisingly, 82% of state workers say they want to keep the new schedule.