Four-Day Work Weeks: Current Research and Practice

Facer II, Rex L.; Wadsworth, Lori L.
May 2010
Connecticut Law Review;May2010, Vol. 42 Issue 4, p1031
This Article addresses two issues relating to compressed work weeks. First, we present the findings of our research on four-day work weeks. Second, we discuss the practice of compressed work weeks, including an implementation framework and specific results from Utah's implementation of a four-day work week for state employees. The authors' research on alternative work schedules stems from three major projects. First, the original study focused on one city using a fourday work week. Second, we conducted a national survey of municipal human resources managers seeking information on municipalities' experiences with alternative work schedules, with specific attention paid to the four-day work week. Third, we present preliminary results of employee survey data from several municipalities regarding their experiences with alternative work schedules. The second major theme of this Article targets the practice of compressed work weeks. We briefly present a framework to guide organizations considering implementation of a compressed work week schedule. This is followed by a discussion of some of the milestones and major findings from Utah's experience with a four-day work week. These findings are the result of employee surveys, citizen surveys, and organizational performance measurement.


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