Utah’s Four-Day Work Week Scores Well

Utah’s four-day work week has been in place for nearly a year and the numbers are in. According to state officials, the energy savings have not materialized but there have been increases in employee productivity and reported worker satisfaction. State planners report the following benefits to the four-day work week:

  • Less overtime hours worked
  • Less leave taken
  • 70% satisfaction

NPR ran an article on the reduced-workweek program. There was no mention in the article about how the “increased productivity” was measured.  But it did include the opinion of one state employee who is not in the 70% of “happy workers.” 

Nicki Lockheart is quoted in the article as saying about the alternative work schedule, “I hate it.”  “A 10-hour day for me is like eternity,” she says.

By the time the customer service agent gets home and eats dinner, she says, it’s time for bed. By Friday, Lockhart is so stressed out, she gets headaches. 

Gov. Huntsman will decide whether the pilot program goes permanent later this summer. 

Previous Posts on the Four-Day Work Week:

  • The Pros and Cons of a 4-Day Workweek: Cons
  • Feds Take a Cue from the States and Consider the 4-Day Workweek
  • 35 Questions You Should Ask When Drafting a Compressed Work Week Policy
  • Positive Benefits of a Four-Day Work Week
  • 5 Steps Toward a More Flexible Workplace
  • Should a Four-Day Work Week Be Mandatory*
  • It’s Saturday Today in Utah: 4 Day Work Week
  • Alternatives to the Four Day Work Week
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