Who Wants a Four Day Work Week?

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email


Leon County Considers Four-Day Work Week
County Releases Employee Survey Results

Due to recent statewide property tax reform efforts, Florida’s local governments are facing the toughest budget challenges in memory, and Leon County is more committed than ever to improving the efficiency of County operations. The County has also launched an aggressive program for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, leading the way for other governments to “grow green.”

At the same time, gas prices are rising, budgets are getting tighter, and many County employees are looking for ways to cut down on our fuel costs. One possible solution for both the County and employees is an alternative work schedule where County offices would be closed for one day during the regular work week. This would assist employees with the rising cost of fuel, help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, decrease gasoline consumption and save on the County’s energy and maintenance costs.

County Administrator Parwez Alam has been meeting with department and division directors and Constitutional Officers who share buildings maintained by the Board of County Commissioners to discuss the feasibility of closing County facilities one day per week.

“The idea has been very well received so far,” said Alam. “Our citizens will benefit from the extended office hours, traffic congestion will be reduced during peak commuting hours, and employees will save money on gas and have more time to spend with their families. If we can make this work, it would be a win-win situation for everyone.”

Last Wednesday, the Human Resources Division distributed a survey to Board employees in order to gauge interest in a four-day work week. Approximately sixty-four percent of the 817 Board employees responded. A summary of the survey results are outlined as follows:

87 percent of the employees responding to the survey were either strongly supportive, supportive or somewhat supportive of the County converting to a 10- hour day, four-day work week. Only 8 percent were not supportive.

81 percent of respondents indicated that a four-day, 40-hour work week would benefit them, and 82 percent felt that it would assist them in reducing travel to and from work and the amount of fuel used in their personal vehicles weekly.

88 percent of respondents indicated that they would be able to work a schedule of 10 hours per day, four days per week, and 7 percent could not.

77 percent of respondents would prefer to work 10 hours per day, four days per week and 17 percent of respondents would prefer to maintain their current work schedule.

75 percent of respondents would not have any family or personal issues which would prevent them from working 10 hours per day, four days per week; however, 12 percent would experience problems with child pick up and drop off.

60 percent of respondents, if given a choice, would prefer that County offices are closed on Friday, and 35 percent would prefer Monday.

“We want to make sure we are doing what’s best for our citizens, our community and our employees,” said Alam. “Now that we’ve heard from our employees, we’ll bring the option of a four-day work week before the Board during the July budget workshops.”

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