House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), in a letter to the Office of Personnel Managment, is advocating for a 10-hour, four-day work week for all federal employees. The new policy would go into effect before the end of fiscal year 2008. Other local governments are toying with this idea, in Utah, for example, as well as various companies nationwide.
And it makes sense. With rising gasoline prices, the availability of increasingly portable and affordable technology and the desire among growing numbers of employees for more work-life balance, four-day work weeks will become the new standard for corporate America.
A survey from Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. found that 23 percent of companies are offering a condensed workweek, typically consisting of four 10-hour days, in part as a response to rising fuel costs.
Some companies are in fact finding that workers, armed with the latest productivity-enhancing tools, are able to get their work done in a four-day, 32-hour week, which move more Americans toward the long-held dream of three-day weekends.