The four-day work week has enjoyed continued popularity across the country. Some of the recent cities and counties to implement or move closer to implementing a compressed work week for public employees are listed below.
Arizona: Queen’s Creek has implemented the 4-day week on a trial basis. The town’s government offices are open extended hours Monday through Thursday and, with the exception of essential services, are closed on Friday. The plan was initiated to boost employee morale at a time when many employees have been subject to salary reduction and hour cut-backs.
Florida: Manatee County has begun to make the switch to a 4-day work schedule on a voluntary basis, allowing its various agencies to make the decision independently. The Central Community Redevelopment Authority is the latest to implement the alternative schedule.
New Hampshire: New Hampshire’s gubernatorial candidates would consider authorizing a four-day work week and telecommuting for state workers to save energy costs. But Democrats John Lynch and Katy Forry and Republican Joseph Kenney would not support a blanket telecommuting policy for all.
New Mexico: Torrance County is considering switching to a 4-day, 10-hour workweek to help employees with the cost of fuel.
Pennsylvania: Westmoreland County officials are considering a proposal for a flexible scheduling system so staff could work four-day work weeks as a means of reducing their travel expenses. The Recorder of Deeds, Tom Murphy, who pitched the compressed-week idea, says he was motivated by hearing his employees talk about the price of fuel and how it affects their bottom line.
Tennessee: Tennessee will follow in the footsteps of Utah on Monday, August 3, 2008, when it implements a four-day workweek for all state employees. Unlike Utah, though, Tennessee’s program is voluntary.