The 10-hour workday, also known as a "compressed workweek," is a model that is increasing in use, according to a 2009 story in "Time" magazine. While government agencies initially used this model, it is now utilized in private and public employment sectors. The 10-hour workday is not only advantageous to employees but also to employers, the environment and the public.
Ten-hour workdays provide employees with the opportunity to spend less money commuting to work each week and allow them to enjoy more consecutive days off. As a result, there is less wear and tear on their vehicles and the employees spend more uninterrupted time with their families while preserving their full-time income. Additionally, the extended hours result in employees commuting during hours when the highways are less congested. By avoiding rush-hour traffic, employees also experience less stress.
According to the Safety Management Group, 10-hour workdays have resulted in improved morale, a reduction in worker absenteeism and increased job satisfaction among workers. Employers reap the benefits of these positive results through improved employee job performance and increased productivity of the workforce. Operationally, employers can close their facilities one day a week while maintaining the same number of employee productivity hours. By shortening the workweek, employers save on overhead facility costs such as lighting, heating, cooling, equipment use and janitorial services.
Although the advantage of a 10-hour workday is difficult to quantify on all levels, a study conducted by the government of Utah examined the impact of government workers commuting one day fewer during the workweek. By reducing commuting by 20 percent for each state worker, the study results indicated, building shutdowns and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from commuting equated to removing approximately 2,300 cars from the road annually.
The advantages of 10-hour workdays extend beyond the employee and employer. Because 10-hour workdays expand the traditional 9-to-5 workday schedule, the public is able to access industry services or products with more convenience. For example, as reported by "Time" magazine, despite being open one fewer day during the week, lines at the Utah Department of Motor Vehicles were consistently shorter under a compressed workweek schedule. The public accessed government services without it interfering in their own workday due to early morning and evening agency availability.
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