could this work…

July 24th, 2008


Fairfax County in Virginia has the distinction of being a “green county” so this is not surprising:

“Board of Supervisors member Gerald W. Hyland (D-Mount Vernon) yesterday proposed studying whether Fairfax should follow the lead of Utah and some other governments in adopting a workweek of four 10-hour days instead of the traditional slate of five eight-hour days.

Fairfax could save energy costs by powering down computers and heating and cooling systems one additional day a week, Hyland said. Employees could save fuel costs by commuting four days instead of five. And the county could reduce its contribution to global warming by lowering greenhouse gas emissions, he added.”

Speaking from the perspective of someone who hasn’t had a “traditional” job since 1995, I’m not sure if the pros out way the cons.  What will happen to small business owners that would in effect lose one day of income per week?

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  • 1. John  |  July 25th, 2008 at 8:50 AM

    i work in the financial services industry, and we already work at least ten hours a day for 5 days a week. this idea is practical, however, its probably best applied for those who are employed by the state or the government, or those who have the traditional “punch-in, punch-out” type of schedule. private companies and small business, and global companies like mine who deal with clients from other countries, would stand to lose too much.

  • 2. I_CANT_SEE_IT  |  July 25th, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    I agree, the pros do not out weigh the cons…The business world never sleeps…its 24 hours a day, every damn day of the year…

  • 3. architek  |  July 25th, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    i agree with both posts… i worked at an architectural firm who used this monday-thursday method, but also worked for four hours on friday morning from eight to noon. this would obviously total a forty-four hour work week. i enjoyed this method, although at the same time i often found myself with others working on projects on those friday afternoons when business was good. we would have suffered obviously if we didn’t use that time… business never sleeps.

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  • 5. Garrett Bey  |  July 28th, 2008 at 4:14 PM

    I actually have a job that works 10 hours for 4 days a week. It turns out to be a pretty effective way to work because not only do you save more energy, you also get more time on weekends to finish whatever you need to do. Oh yeah, I work in a bookroom at a school until I go off for college.

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