The four-day work week became popular over the Summer when gas prices were eating up our paychecks, and there's a new four-day week being introduced that doesn't come with the same perks. While the old four-day week was designed to save employees money on commuting and allowed them to work 10-hour days, the new one is designed to save employers money because workers are logging less hours.
A twist on the forced monthly, unpaid vacation that some employers have adopted, the four-day work week allows companies to avoid layoffs while saving on labor costs. A shortened work week means employees' salaries are reduced to reflect the number of hours they're working. While it does beat a pink slip, this version of the four-day work week isn't the best news for workers, and isn't to be confused with the old four-day work week that you voted as the best office trend of 2008.