Monday, June 2, 2008

Four-Week Days to Save Gas

Car_redvw A coming trend?  Financial Week reports:

When Ohio’s Kent State University offered custodial staff the option of working four days a week instead of five to cut commuting costs, most jumped at the chance, part of a U.S. trend aimed at combating soaring gasoline prices.

“We offered it to 94 employees and 78 have taken us up on it,” said university spokesman Scott Rainone.

The reason is simple: rising gas prices. And while so far only the university’s custodians are eligible, Mr. Rainone hopes the option will be offered to all departments—including his own.

“In our office, we have people who travel anywhere from 5 or 6 miles to a couple who are on the road 45 to 50 minutes,” Mr. Rainone said. “As the price of gas rises, the level of grumbling rises.”

Regular gasoline averages $3.94 a gallon in the United States, up 33 cents in the past month and 88 cents since the beginning of the year, the Energy Information Administration said this week.

The federal government has offered four-day workweeks to eligible employees for years as part of a flexible work program that also includes telecommuting.

But the surge in gasoline prices is pushing more private employers as well as local governments to offer a four-day week as a perk that eliminates two commutes a week.

I love the title of the Financial Week headline for this article: Thank God It's Thursday?


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I love this idea. While some occupations (particularly service industries) cannot wholly participate in this, I think most corporations would see an increase in productivity and morale if they allowed their employees to come in four days a week. 10 hours a day is not much longer than 8 (especially if you consider the added time saver that you're only taking four lunch breaks a week, as opposed to five), and I would heartily recommend this to everyone who can viably do it.

Posted by: Books and Suits | Jun 2, 2008 7:27:06 PM

In addition to this there is something that can be practiced by everyone individually. It just requires some more patience on the road. Following 55-60 speedlimit on the highways is a big gas saver that undoubtedly contributes a drop in the ocean. There are multiple benefits to this

- can be implemented right away
- saves gas ( optimum use of gas )
- saves money ( individual gain )
- saves environment ( contribute your fair share for reducing pollution )

It is amazing even to think how much of gas can be saved if everyone follows this even just for a week. Give it a shot.

Posted by: Amit | Jul 22, 2008 10:57:45 AM

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