4-day workweek brings some savings

October 21, 2009 3:22:43 PM PDT
Closing Utah state offices on Fridays has delivered an unexpected bonus: big savings on overtime pay. But new calculations show the change to a four-day workweek didn't achieve its intended energy saving.

Gov. Gary Herbert's strategic planner laid out the results of the first year of the switch for legislators on Wednesday. Mike Hansen says the state saved around $500,000 on energy, $200,000 on janitorial services and $4.1 million in overtime pay.

The state hoped to save six times as much on energy.

The problem was that the state couldn't close as many buildings as it planned and didn't save much by closing smaller buildings. Also, the state thought gasoline and utility costs would soar, but they actually fell over the past year.

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