High gas prices have lead to shorter workweeks for some state employees.
Several states are offering more of their public employees shorter workweeks. Utah instituted the most comprehensive plan: Gov. John Huntsman Jr. ordered about 17,000 state employees to work a 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. work schedule Mondays through Thursdays. That plan will begin the first week in August.
Other states—Florida, Kentucky and South Carolina—already offered the option of a compressed workweek, while other states—including Arkansas, Michigan, New Mexico, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Vermont—are considering the addition of more state agencies to existing programs.
While shorter workweeks offer several benefits—such as traffic and emissions reduction, longer access to government services and energy conservation at state facilities—critics say the shorter weeks inconvenience the customers governments are required to serve and also burdens some state workers.
Read more about the plans at Stateline.org.