Want a four-day work week?


House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced yesterday he believes President-elect Barack Obama may support a four-day work week for federal employees.

Such an idea has been bounced around for months, and some agencies already allow employees to telework or adjust their schedules to allow for an extra day off a week.

So, readers, would you welcome a 10-hour, four-day work week? Reactions I’ve received via e-mail are mixed. Some say they’d work harder in exchange for a three-day weekend every week, while others said the alternate work schedule would ease traffic in the Washington, D.C. area. Others criticized the proposal, saying a longer day would force them to enroll their children in expensive day care.

What say you?


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  1. Four day work weeks sound nice, but one problem would be to take a day off for sick leave or annual leave, it would then cost you 10 hours of leave. With new employees, it would take them six weeks to earn one day off. Maybe if they increased the amount of sick leave employees earn or decrease the work week to 36-38 hours, it would make it more attractive of an option. Rather than giving a pay increase, simply reduce the number of hours required to work to earn your full pay.

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