Workers shifting to 4-day week to save gasoline

Posted by Kendall Harmon

When Ohio's Kent State University offered custodial staff the option of working four days a week instead of five to cut commuting costs, most jumped at the chance, part of a U.S. trend aimed at combating soaring gasoline prices.

"We offered it to 94 employees and 78 have taken us up on it," said university spokesman Scott Rainone.

The reason is simple: rising gas prices and a desire to retain good workers. And while so far only the university's custodians are eligible, Rainone hopes the option will be offered to all departments -- including his own.

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Posted May 30, 2008 at 8:27 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. libraryjim wrote:

On the Morning Show, a local radio talk show, one nurse called in and said that the local hospital is also offering this alternative to nurses, it would mean longer shifts, but would cut down on the costs of driving in to work.

I’m not sure how I feel about that.  In smaller companies where they don’t have a large number of staff, this would certainly not be an option if the same level of service was expected by the customers.  It certainly wouldn’t work at my library.

Here’s a thought: reactivate the “Blue-Laws” requiring businesses to close on Sundays.  wink

Jim Elliott <><

May 30, 12:11 pm | [comment link]
2. DeeBee wrote:

I would _love_ to work 4x10.  It’d be an improvement over the 5x10 (or more) that I’m working now . . .

May 30, 12:25 pm | [comment link]
3. Philip Snyder wrote:

I have a great position where I get to work from home more often than not.  I only commute to work 1 day/wk.

Phil Snyder

May 30, 12:50 pm | [comment link]
4. The_Archer_of_the_Forest wrote:

Luckily I can ride my bicycle to work most days when the weather cooperates. I did so this morning as a matter of fact.

May 30, 1:02 pm | [comment link]
5. zana wrote:

Interesting - this idea seems to be catching on in many places.  It’s funny, tho… I will be moving to a library branch supervisor position at the new extension campus opening this fall. Because I will be the only staff person there for the first year, I’ll be working 4x10 so the library can be open into the evenings 4 days a week.  It didn’t occur to me until recently that I will be saving money on gas, as well as getting a three-day weekend!

May 30, 1:54 pm | [comment link]
6. Cennydd wrote:

Several of our neighbors work at home via their computers, and commute to their offices one day a week…..and it works!

May 30, 3:31 pm | [comment link]
7. Cennydd wrote:

The only businesses which SHOULD be open on Sundays are pharmacies…...for obvious reasons.

May 30, 3:33 pm | [comment link]
8. Andrew717 wrote:

My sister works 4x10, but grumbles that her day off is Thursday, so no long weekends.  I’d love to to this, or to telecommute on occasion.  Unfortunately the nature of the position makes it unlikely at best.  If only they’d run a MARTA line out to the suburbs.

May 30, 3:55 pm | [comment link]
9. Ross wrote:

My first job out of college worked a four-and-a-half-day week… nine hours Monday through Thursday, four hours on Friday morning.

I loved it.  For me, nine hours in a day is a lot easier than the ten of a 4x10 schedule, and you still get nearly all of a three-day weekend every week—you probably wouldn’t be using that Friday morning for much that was fun anyway.

Of course, the 4x9+4 schedule doesn’t save you any gas, although the commute home at noon on Friday is probably easier than in the evening.

These days I work software and go to school part-time, so my work schedule is largely driven by how far I’m behind at any given moment smile

May 31, 5:39 pm | [comment link]
10. Alice Linsley wrote:

I have more online students now as this saves gas, and this semester, for the first time, I had a commuting student email me that she didn’t have enough money to go to work, pay the bills and gas her car to come to the college for the exam review class.

May 31, 6:05 pm | [comment link]
11. MJD_NV wrote:

Hmmm…can’t say this ever worked for me.  I’ve worked 4 days a week for years now, but since I run most of my errands on Fridays, I drive just as much anyway.

May 31, 7:17 pm | [comment link]
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