Three-day weekends, and gas savings?

Full story: The Morning Call

Berks County on Thursday offered employees the chance for a four-day workweek, cutting a day off workers' commutes as gas prices soar, and Northampton and Montgomery counties say they're considering it as well.
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helen

Doylestown, PA

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Jun 27, 2008
 
I think more and more companies should consider this option. Not just for our benefit, but keeping an office closed and extra day saves on the cost of running the office - electric, hourly salaries etc. The county is essentially doing this for their employees even though their office is still open 5 days a week.
Viet Vet

Whitehall, PA

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Jun 27, 2008
 
Helen, If they work 4 days 10 hours a day, it is still the same salaries.
noname

Slatington, PA

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Jun 27, 2008
 
And you thought it was difficult to get anything done at the county offices before.
My My

Philadelphia, PA

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Jun 27, 2008
 
Helen, did you actually read the article? The article clearly states that the offices will still be open 5 days a week, and may actually increase the number of hours per day that they are open.
helen wrote:
I think more and more companies should consider this option. Not just for our benefit, but keeping an office closed and extra day saves on the cost of running the office - electric, hourly salaries etc. The county is essentially doing this for their employees even though their office is still open 5 days a week.
yeah

Allentown, PA

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#5
Jun 27, 2008
 
Why is this so hard for them to figure out. Lots of companies do this and have had a 4 day work week for years and it works. Even 24hr departments like ERs in hospitals. You watch next the county will pay for an independent review committee to come in and do a value assessment. Or the unions will btch and ruin any attemp. More wasted taxpayer money.

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Since: Feb 07

Pottstown, PA

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Jun 27, 2008
 
noname wrote:
And you thought it was difficult to get anything done at the county offices before.
Considering that under the new schedule, County offices would be open an extra hour and 45 minutes each day, I would say that it will be easier to "get anything done."
East Side

Philadelphia, PA

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Jun 27, 2008
 
welcome to the future.. I think this is a great idea. reduce overhead of building operations by working at home. Who woulda thought.
TRIPLE K

Mertztown, PA

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Jun 27, 2008
 
This will maybe the future...Extend the vacation a day so the tourism people will be happy at least on a local level..I think the savings will be accountable when the bottom line comes in, maybe if people stay home and not use gas, maybe the oil sultans will swim in their oil and the price may come down (wishful thinking)

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Since: Aug 07

Mertztown, PA

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Jun 27, 2008
 
It is a great idea.
East Side

Philadelphia, PA

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Jun 27, 2008
 
TRIPLE K wrote:
This will maybe the future...Extend the vacation a day so the tourism people will be happy at least on a local level..I think the savings will be accountable when the bottom line comes in, maybe if people stay home and not use gas, maybe the oil sultans will swim in their oil and the price may come down (wishful thinking)
or we could be more evil in our approach and dig a tunnel to Saudia Arabia, and suck it out from underneath them.. mwaahahahahaha I like that idea best..lol if it were possible.
Sound Reasoning

Allentown, PA

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Jun 27, 2008
 
What would I do with the extra day off? If the goal is to save gas, then that means I just sit at home.

BTW, I am sure that my employer would expect me to put in a full unpaid 8 or 10 hour day, AT HOME, on the 5th day.
Barky von Schnauzer

Allentown, PA

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Jun 27, 2008
 
Great idea.
Turkey

Morgantown, WV

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Jun 27, 2008
 
My mother just implemented this policy at her office on a bi-weekly basis, and it seems to be working well. I do not have enough of my staff cross-trained for it to be a feasable option for my office at this point, and I don't think the owner would even consider it. But I would love it!
CATH

Allentown, PA

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#15
Jun 27, 2008
 
Lehigh County should be visionary and set the example for many other counties by adopting this schedule for their employees. It would be a good morale booster, too!
Curly

Bethlehem, PA

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Jun 27, 2008
 
Sound Reasoning wrote:
What would I do with the extra day off? If the goal is to save gas, then that means I just sit at home.
BTW, I am sure that my employer would expect me to put in a full unpaid 8 or 10 hour day, AT HOME, on the 5th day.
My thoughts too. The only way the employees are going to save gas is if they don't do any driving that day. I just don't see a lot of them sitting at home.
TRIPLE K

Catasauqua, PA

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Jun 27, 2008
 
CATH
Allentown, PA
Question Cath, will they be there the other 4 days??? as well..or are they there now???
maury povich

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#18
Jun 27, 2008
 
i've worked a 4 day week for 15 years now,,,1PM -7:15PM wednesday and thursday-saturday 7AM-7:15 PM...we're a datacenter open 24/7/365 and no need for OT,,,they could have the courts and services open 24 hours a day using this method

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#19
Jun 27, 2008
 
Hosptials and other medical care facilities have been doing this for years. Workers do 3-12hour days and then a 6-8 hour day to get their full 40 hour work week.
hard worker

Royersford, PA

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Jun 27, 2008
 
Wouldn't it be better to give the workers a gas allowance every week. Employees would like that better, it's cash in their pockets. Most don't want to be home anyway!

Since: May 07

Allentown, PA

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Jun 27, 2008
 
hard worker wrote:
Wouldn't it be better to give the workers a gas allowance every week. Employees would like that better, it's cash in their pockets. Most don't want to be home anyway!
You don't speak for all employees! I would love an extra day at home to spend with my son and getting things done at home.

And a gas allowance would end up costing the county/business MORE money...

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