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Looking for energy savings, Utah wound up trimming OT

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When the government of Utah decided to close state offices on Fridays last year, officials hoped to save $3 million in utility costs. Actual savings: $500,000.

But that missed projection was more than balanced by an unexpected benefit: a $4.1 million reduction in overtime pay for state employees. It seems four 10-hour days are more productive than five eight-hour days.

“They’re getting what they need to get done in 10 hours and going home,” said a press aide to Gov. Gary Herbert. A full 85% of state employees say they prefer the new schedule.

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