This is something in which I firmly believe. In fact, many of my jobs have been on a 4 day schedule, i.e, 4-10 where you work 4 days for 10 hours, or a 9-80, where you work 8 days for 9 hours and 1 day at 8 hours. It’s amazing how great I felt when working this type of schedule, and really promote this. My life work balanced itself so naturally.
I’m really amazed when employers resist the notion. I’ve had this type of schedule at a magazine, at design firms, and when I worked for the national government. I’m starting to log accounts of firms who are successfully utilizing this model. Utah state offices tried this with great success. My personal experience has been where the office is still open 5 days a week, but staff had either mondays or fridays off.
Benefits aren’t just for the employee, it can also bring savings to the employer as well as to the planet. According to one article, “… staff automatically saves 20 percent on fuel costs.” (see http://www.wwj.com/Architect-Firm-Going-Green-with-Four-Day-Work-Week/2428480) In today’s economy, that’s huge. Plus, an easy-peasy green move!