Utah State Government Moving to 4 Day Work Week
The governor of Utah has just announced that state workers will switch from a 5 day/8 hour schedule to a 4 day/10 hour week - largely in order to reduce energy consumption (both personal & business). This is set to begin in August ... and it has not been done by any other state. Who knew Utah would be the leading edge of lifestyle changes designed to address the energy crisis? I'm happily surprised.
Obviously, I think this is great news. Getting thousands of state workers off the road every Friday will reduce gas consumption & limit CO2 emissions. It will eliminate 1 full round-trip commute per week for thousands of employees.
This will also get other states looking at similar proposals. It might get some private businesses doing the same thing. All good.
This makes a lot of sense & it shows good judgment on the part of the governor, Jon Huntsman. Will there be some issues with the change? Certainly. Can they be dealt with? Sure. Everyone needs to have an open mind as we begin to rethink the way we commute to work in light of soaring gas prices. Times change & effective leaders change with the times.