When I asked to work 4 days a week back in September, I was thinking about increasing quality time spend with my wife and children as well as increasing the time I spend on my online company (obviously). While I am not doing a 4 hour work week yet, I was still able to reduce my schedule to 4 work days a week ;-).
I had read somewhere that working 4 days a week is not only good for the employee, but it is also good for the planet!
The state of Utah switched their 17,000 employees to a 40 hour work week over 4 days. This huge program was implemented to create:
#1 – better lifestyle for the employees
#2 – save on energy costs!
In fact, the energy bill of this state dropped by 13% in the following months. People are at work less often and therefore, consume less energy at work.
In addition to saving money, the 4 days a week schedule could reduce considerably the number of cars on the road, which means less traffic and less air pollution. It is estimated that Utah is saving 12,000 tons of greenhouse gases by reducing the traffic of 17,000 employees once a week. I am happy to see that quality of life and becoming green can fit together!
4 day work week has other benefits!
Over the past 6 months, I have become accustomed to working longer hours but less days. I have notice the following results:
– I am bringing the same results as I used to.
– I am making about the same number of appointments.
– I waste less time chatting and surfing the web to distract me.
– I am more focused at work and more productive.
– I have more energy both at work than at home.
– I am grateful to enjoy such great quality of life.
– My income didn’t decrease much.
Basically, I only find positive points to say about the 4 day work week! The problem I guess is not all employers would permit it for now. But eventually, I am almost sure that employers will turn towards to this solution. They will eventually save money on energy while their employees will become more productive (since I take Wednesdays off, I don’t come to work tired as I never work more than 2 days in a row!).
The only issue I had at first was time management. While being at work less often, you must remain in total control of your stuff and plan ahead that you won’t be available in the middle of the week to finish something. After a month, I had overcome this issue and was in a much better position!
I realize that asking to work 4 days a week is not that easy for some of us. I was lucky enough to benefit from a family-quality of life program offered by my employer. I know that not everybody offers flexible schedules but I would say that it doesn’t hurt to ask!
Believe me, your quality of life will be improved significantly!
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