I am only partially joking when I say that I will vote for the first politician that makes three-day-weekends permanent.  As crazy (and wonderful) as it sounds, there is a serious push in some areas to try this.  For example, the state of Utah back in 2008 began mandating that all state workers only work Monday through Thursday and it was so successful, they have penned the acronym TGIT (Thank God It's Thursday).  I will probably never say this again, but I believe the people of Utah are right.

Quoting from the Time Magazine article..."The state found that its compressed workweek resulted in a 13% reduction in energy use and estimated that employees saved as much as $6 million in gasoline costs."

I don't know who this Melanie Brooks gal is, but I agree with her promotion of the 4-day work week idea and it's advantages:

  • People have more time to spend with their families.
  • Employees save money on commuting to and from work.
  • The business saves money on energy costs.
  • Studies show that employees with a four-day workweek are more productive and happier overall.

As you celebrate your Memorial Day weekend, ponder what life would be like if every weekend was like this.  Perhaps TGIT will catch on around these parts.