How to Talk Your Company into Implementing a Four-Day Work Week
In 2008, Utah became the first state in the nation to mandate a four-day work week for state employees. Convince your boss that implementing a similar program is a brilliant move.
Step 1: Refute the idea of lost time Tell your company they won't be losing a day, but will be transferring the time, by suggesting four 10-hour days.
TIP: If you work for a government office, point out that a longer day means that people who couldn't make it to your office due to work or school schedules will have two more hours.
Step 2: Pull out the energy bills Pull out the energy bills. When Utah switched to the four-day work week, they had a 13 percent reduction in energy consumption the first year.
Step 3: Proclaim that it is green Proclaim that a shorter work week is good for environment, as it cuts down on carbon dioxide emissions from commuting.
Step 4: Mention lower gas costs Mention, while on the subject of commuting, that one less work day means less money for employees to spend on gas. In Utah, gas costs dropped $6 million dollars the first year for participants.
Step 5: Seal the deal Seal the deal by pointing out that the change will increase productivity and save the company money. Utah reported fewer sick days, and 161,000 hours less overtime.
FACT: According to a 2008 survey, 57 percent of employers offer at least one or more programs to help employees deal with the high cost of commuting.