A Virginia government reform commission has endorsed a proposal to follow Utah's lead and adopt a four-day workweek. Reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Under the proposal, employees would work 10-hour days, probably Monday through Thursday. This would allow a three-day shutdown of a state building and save custodial and energy costs, the commission said.
Utah is the only state to implement a four-day workweek. A Utah legislative audit of the program, released in July, showed that the savings weren't as great as had been expected and that some employees were not putting in a 10-hour day.
Then-Gov. Jon Huntsman, who introduced the Utah change in 2008, hoped for a $3 million reduction in energy costs but saved only $502,000 in the first year, according to The Associated Press. But Huntsman's administration noted other benefits in reduced costs for maintenance and overtime.