Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Ellicott City, MD
Re: this must be nice...jerks
Unless I am missing something and the article most certainly didn't mention it, those 4 day work weeks are still 40hrs, they are 10hr long days. It isn't like they are giving those state employees a free day off every week.
The federal gov't has a similar option, called alternate work schedule for most employees (of course we aren't mandated for a 4 day work week). We can work 8hrs a day (8 1/2 really, we don't get a paid lunch) for 5 days a week, 9hrs a day for 8 days, 1 8hr day and 1 day off a pay period, or 10hrs a day 4 days a week.
I think pushing telecommuting and alternate work schedules, so long as the job still gets done well is a good idea. For example my job, if I am at home I can do 80% of my job from there, 99% of it if you assume I come in to the office say 3 days a week and work from home the other 2. Most of it is work on a computer and for that I would just need a VPN connection, phone for teleconferences, etc and the occasional showing up to work for face to face meetings. That would save me quite a bit of money in commuting every year, if it was pushed more heavily, to a degree it could save money by reducing the require office space by sharing space between employees who telecommute frequently.
PS Fatabot is right, with something approaching 1 in 3 people in the country working directly or indirectly for the gov't (ie on a gov't contract) on some level (local, state, federal)...1 in 3 people not commuting 1 day a week would be a huge impact.