Cincinnati, Ohio (WiredPRNews.com) — With gas prices rising and inflation suffocating the general population, employers are taking a different approach to the sluggish economy and offering a tempting and eco-friendly option to saving money and preserving gas.
According to Reuters, Ohio’s Kent State University made an offer to the custodial staff to begin the 4-day work week in efforts to save energy as well as commuting costs. When the offer was made, the staff jumped at the opportunity. University spokesman Scott Rainone said, “We offered it to 94 employees and 78 have taken us up on it.”
The Energy Information Administration has estimated that gas prices have risen some $.88 cents since the beginning of the year creating deeper holes in slim wallets and emitting more pollution into the air than is necessary for jobs that can be done from a home PC. American employers aren’t the only ones who are tapping into this economically friendly solution. For years, the federal government has offered the 4-day work week to eligible workers that will also include telecommuting.
The 4-day work week is another way in which companies can offer incentives and rewards to employees when bonuses and salary increases are not currently a foreseeable option. Oakland County, Michigan, executive L. Brooks Patterson, who proposed the 4-day work week for county workers recently, stated, “By allowing employees to work four 10-hour days it will save them 20 percent on their commute costs and ease the financial pinch of filling up their cars.”