Utah government employees finished their first four-day work week on Thursday. Friday was a day off, an extra Saturday, really. And today is Saturday Number Two. Nice. But is it too good to be true? I’m such a cynic. Not that I’ve formed an opinion one way or another, I just happen to be a bit doubtful that it is the cure-all that it’s being promoted to be. Mostly, it’s the “little things” that make me think twice. It seems to me that parents with small children will have the most difficult adjustment to make.
For example, let’s take a look at the reality of a day in the life of Utah state employees this week. A ten-hour workday may run from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. And let’s say we have a 25-minute commute.
6:30: Rise and Shine
7:45: Depart from home
8:05: Drop off kids at day care
8:20: Coffee stop
8:55: Arrival at office
9 am to 7 pm: Work
7 pm: Depart from work
7:50: After picking up kids, arrive at home.
Now, let’s look at the somewhat obvious problems here.
1. Day care charges by the minute for time after 6 pm.
2. Little kids don’t eat dinner at 9 pm.
3. Little kids are grouchy after spending 11 hours at day care.
4. Mom and dad are grouchy after a very long day.
Is it fair to say that parents with young children will face a very difficult four days, regardless of how well the work day goes.