Utah’s Demise of the Four-Day Workweek

Source: Heather Kerrigan, Governing, July 13, 2011

In 2008, Utah’s then-Gov. Jon Huntsman signed an executive order setting up a new workweek for state employees: four, 10-hour day schedules that would keep state buildings open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Huntsman argued that longer hours and fewer days would boost customer service, improve employee morale and decrease energy consumption, saving the state $3 million. After the one-year pilot phase, a report from the governor’s office found that a majority of employees supported the new schedule, which helped save on overtime, energy, custodial and fleet costs.

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