THE OFFICE: Thank God It's Thursday?

What ever happened to the four-day work week? Not so long ago, management consultants were trumpeting the virtues of the institutionalized long weekend as something that would revolutionize American business, improve worker morale and give a whole new impetus to the leisure-time industry. Then came the 1974-75 recession, and the idea of the three-day weekend generally landed back in the pending file.

Now it seems that the innovation may not be that dead after all. Throughout the recession, a small but determined number of firms kept their workers on four-day schedules, and as the presumably prosperous summer of '77 approaches,...

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