The Four-Day Workweek

The Four-Day Workweek

What problem does it solve? ADP reports, 72% of turnover is voluntary separation citing one of the most important contributing factors as commute time (2018). The separation rate in NJ State employees increased from 8.7 percent in FY2014 to 9.7 percent in FY2015 (State of New Jersey, 2016). By reducing the number of working days, thus reducing overall commute time, New Jersey can reduce attrition rate, and thus reduce hiring, training and recruiting costs. Additional issues addressed by this solution are discussed below. What is your solution and who does it apply to? The solution is the four-day workweek. It can apply to almost everyone in state government. The suggested solution is to implement a combination of either: a) four ten-hour workdays and/or b) four eight-hour workdays with one day of telecommuting. What is the anticipated impact? Research shows a four-day workweek leads to an increase in productivity levels, substantial savings to the organization, a better work-life balance for employees, lower employee stress rates, an increase in morale, lower absenteeism rates, higher rates of job satisfaction and a reduction in the overall traffic congestion (Gower, 2017; Guizzo et al, 2019; Wadsworth and Facer, 2016; Sundo et al, 2015). Further, it is commonly recognized that traffic congestion is the most common cause of serious negative impacts on health, the environment, and the economy (Fujii et al. 2001, Nozick et al. 1998, Meyer 1999). Compressed workweeks have brought significant changes in travel conditions (Giuliano & Golob 1990). New Jerseyans waste more than a full workweek, or 52 hours per year, stuck in traffic and about $345 million annually in fuel due to traffic. New Jersey has the third longest commute time in the nation (State of New Jersey, 2008). This solution will help address these issues.

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For DCF Regional Schools where students with Special Needs live at home and are bussed in, the students home life can be seriously impacted if parents/caregivers are unable to also have these type of work schedules.

Yes!

great idea!!👌

yes

I would like to be able to make up the hours in the morning rather than the afternoon.

A four-day work week may even allow the state to cut down on time off offered to new employees as the work-week will now only be 4-days long. Also, by having one weekday off (Monday or Friday) employees will more likely be able to schedule appointments on that day instead of having to take a day off from work. Finally, a four-day work-week will allow for a much better work/life balance. This initiative is very forward-thinking. There are kinks to workout for sure but I'm sure we can do it.

I think that some of the people voicing concerns over this proposal don't understand the practical effect of the four day workweek. It doesn't mean that every employee works the same four days. The office, in general, will still be open five days a week. Half of the employees will be scheduled M-Th, half will be scheduled T-Fr

I Think it is impactful for commuters less time spent on the road, less wear and tear on your or company vehicle, less money spent on gas if you drive a company vehicle, more time spent with family especially summer months, conserve more energy reduce cooling cost and heating cost in winter or summer months. This can reduce money spent on overtime if you have to stay later than your normal hours.

Everyone should not be off the same day of the week so business can run every day as usual

Yes, let's do it!

Working four days per week will lower the workers stress.

It would make employees happier and more productive.

The Federal Government has "Flexi-place" - it is a telecommute/work at home program. Some Agencies allow full-time flexi-place and some will permit one to a few days per week (based on the job description and job duties). The Flexi-place program was not substitute for sick time, vacation time, etc. On a Flexi-place day, the employee would note their shared calendar and log on to the agency server using a token key at the start of the flex day.

Having worked a similar schedule previously at the Defense Intelligence Agency, I agree that these types of work schedules personally made me more productive and less exhausted.

There will be a need to have strategy to measure employee's productivity and the timeframe of meeting deadlines to submit reports, complete an investigation etc.

I am all for it! This idea supports life/work balance. Also, I imagine it would reduce emissions from less traffic. Finally, it would help reduce stress for the many people who commute.

I like the idea because it help the employee and employer. Employee save 20% on commute and the employer save 20% on electricity, heating, AC, and water. It also helps the employee to stay more longer with the family and do more with the given time. It is a win win situation.

Great Idea, a four day work week can increase productivity, it will be a great benefit to the state and employees.

it will be a great benefit to the state and employees.

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