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Old 05-30-2008, 10:15 AM
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Workers shifting to 4-day week to save gasoline - Yahoo! News (broken link)

Looks like a national trend I'd be in favor of!!
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Old 05-30-2008, 10:44 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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My company did a poll on who would be interested in this a few weeks ago. I would, but it will be hard in the fall when I will be taking evening classes at school again. The classes start at 6, and I wouldn't be out of work until 7. It sounds like a great idea at first, but I don't know how families with both parents working, single parents, people trying to go to school while working, etc. will be able to do this. It will save some people money, but I don't know if it will really make a dent in the demand for fuel, or in the health of the enviroment, but then again, it's better than nothing.
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Old 05-30-2008, 10:48 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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That's one reason many government offices in the DC area offer their civilian employees something called an "Alternative Work Schedule," or AWS. Basically, you work enough hours so that you can take every other Friday off. It equates to a 9-10 hour day. It was really popular up there, and had a measurable impact on commuting costs and traffic overall.

--Dim
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Old 05-30-2008, 10:51 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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It sounds good at first but think of the time lost at home with family. I would not do it if I still had small children. Time with them is to short already.
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Old 05-30-2008, 10:51 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Most of the school districts around here go to "summer hours" like this - working 10 hour days and taking Fridays off. It makes for a long day, but it's nice to have a long weekend every week. Of course, just about the time we get used to it, it's back to school and back to 5 day work weeks.
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Old 05-30-2008, 10:52 AM
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Last time I was a boss, my employer's work rules enabled me to let someone I supervised work a 4-day week full-time. She chose to come into the office at 6:00AM because it made her commute over two lane roads from the next county easier. I had access to a record of when she used her electronic key to enter the building, so it was easy for me to verify to my boss that she was faithfully showing up for work before my alarm clock went off. I imagine that most employers without that kind of electronic record would have trust issues with letting people work a 4x10 schedule.
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Old 05-30-2008, 10:52 AM
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I'm just looking at it from the "I only have to answer to the alarm clock 4 days instead of 5" aspect. It probably won't be an option at my job, but it has been tossed around. We'll see.....my commute is short and sweet anyway, so I am just being lazy.
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Old 05-30-2008, 11:00 AM
 
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I'd prefer to work from home. I wouldn't want to be away from my kid even more hours in a day, even if it means we get all of one day. She doesn't quite get that it balances out...

I can work remotely, but I do need to be present quite frequently, so work from home is difficult.
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Old 05-30-2008, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Far west SA
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My company has started doing this to see how it will work out. We were given the option of either working 4, 10 hour days OR 5 days with one day a week working from home. It seems to be working out well, so far.
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Old 05-30-2008, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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We were talking about this yesterday at work and everyone was in favor, but only I supported working two days straight and taking 5 off... only driving to work once/week would save me SO much money in gas.
My ultimate goal is to telecommute and completely give up on commuting and getting dressed
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