The four-day work week: Coming soon to a town near you


For the past two months, the city of El Paso Texas has been experimenting with a four-day work week. By adding two hours per day to employee schedules, the city has been able to squeeze forty hours into the first four days of the week, leaving Friday free. Earlier today, the city announced that the program, which has saved $100,000 in energy bills, will be extended through September 4.

El Paso is only one of many municipalities that have decided to test out the four-day work week. The leader has been Utah, which switched to the new schedule earlier this summer. The state is on track to keep the system going indefinitely, citing massive decreases in energy expenditure and overwhelming employee support.