Proposed Possible 4 Day Work Week at Houston County

By: Martha Spencer Email
By: Martha Spencer Email

Thursday's Houston County Commission meeting brought up the much discussed topic of a four day work week. Prattville, Alabama was one of the first towns to shift to the four day work week.

Now, Houston County is weighing the benefits of a new schedule and it's all in an effort to cut down on spending.

"Some of the positive views that I have taken from some of the employees how that it would help benefit the county by giving the customers two extra hours of customer service that's coming in before or after work to do their business so they won't have to use their lunch time." said Mellissa Nieves, an employee in the Revenue Department of the Administration Building.

This is the same mentality of many Wiregrass citizens and county employees.

A four day work week saves money, gas, and increases productivity.

Houston county commission chairman Mark Culver says "There will be some savings to the county, nothing dramatic, we think twenty- twenty five thousand dollars a year but as I said previously we're looking for ways to be efficient and that's just one of them."

Mark Culver, along with eighty-seven percent of the employees in the Houston County administration building, feel a four day work week would be beneficial.

"We believe the positives by allowing the public two hours before one hour before work one hour after to come in and do their business, by allowing our employees to drive to and from work four days a week instead of five, those things we believe will be very beneficial." said Culver

Of course with all change come a few challenges.

"Certainly there are some concerns with people that have children, daycare, there are concerns with getting out of this building at late hours once the time changes and it gets darker." Culver said.

Officials are working to add more safety measures like having additional outdoor lighting in the evening.

If all goes smoothly after a two month trial period the commission will vote to a four day work week which will change the hours at the building from eight to five to seven to six, Monday through Thursday.

And 100 less trips to work a year mean more money in the tank.

If this resolution passes, city workers will have Fridays off.

By law, the commission is obligated to hold the county meetings on Mondays.

The two month trial run will begin on October sixth.

Culver says another concern for the public is with a four day work week...the public will have to either plan ahead or wait until Monday to pick up their license plate tags.

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