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Arguing the four-day workweek

Published: Wednesday, July 3 2013 3:07 p.m. MDT

When Utah introduced four-day workweeks for many of its state employees in 2008, it boosted productivity and worker satisfaction.

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By cutting the work week to four days instead of five, employers can expect less requested vacation time, practically non-existent sick days and even more productivity, according to CNN’s Peggy Drexler.

“When Utah introduced four-day workweeks for many of its state employees in 2008, it boosted productivity and worker satisfaction,” Drexler writes. “They reverted to the standard five-day week only three years later, because residents complained about not having access to services on Fridays.”

Drexler cites an op-ed in the New York Times by software CEO Jason Fried that claimed his four-day work week improved his company’s productivity, increased recruiting and made it easier to keep valuable employees.

“When there's less time to work, there's less time to waste,” Drexler continued. “And when you have a compressed workweek, you tend to focus on what's important.”

Read more about the four-day workweek on CNN.

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