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Survey shows state workers prefer 4-day workweek

Survey shows state workers prefer 4-day workweek



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Most state employees are excited about four-day workweeks.

The Utah Department of Human Resource Management released a survey that shows more than half of Utah state workers said they would prefer to work four 10-hour days instead of a traditional five-day workweek.

On Aug. 4, 23,000 state employees will make the switch, working 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Most of the 8,600 people surveyed say they don't expect the new schedule will negatively affect childcare, public transportation or their ability to attend school or work a second job.

The Deseret News reports the four-day workweek is expected to save about $3 million annually in energy costs because many state buildings will be closed on Fridays.

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Information from: Deseret News

(The Associated Press contributed to this report. Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Paul McHardy

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