Shortened workweek discussed further
Talk of a shortened workweek has gathered much attention in the last few months—mainly regarding the County Administration Building. The Grand County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) held a continued discussion on the matter at their November 15 meeting. A shortened workweek would mean county services would be closed one day a week (Friday), but employees would continue to work 37.5 hours by increasing the hours on the other four days.
Commissioner Tollett said she requested the continued discussion be on the agenda because she has had so many questions from the public concerning the potential for a shortened workweek.
During the discussion the results from a survey conducted by the Clerk and Recorder’s office were presented. The survey asked the public what extended hours they would prefer, if any, or if they wanted to keep the hours as they are. There was also a chance for the public to comment on their opinion. The survey results and comments can be found online in the supporting documents for the November 15 BOCC meeting.
The survey was conducted from July 28- November 10, and gave the public four options of what a shortened workweek would mean for county employees. There was an option for a 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. day; a 7 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. day; a neutral option; and an option opposing a shortened week.
Results of the survey
7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.: 33.12 percent (308 votes)
7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 45.02 percent (428 votes)
Neutral: 14.30 percent (133 votes)
Opposed: 6.56 percent (61 votes)
Grand County Clerk and Recorder Sara Rosene stated that the survey showed that citizens supported the shortened workweek.
Commissioner Tollett suggested they find another option, such as an internal four-day rotation so the offices could stay open five days a week still, but employees would only work four days.
Commissioner Linke said he felt there were two separate problems: one is the need to provide relief for employees. The second is the hours for the public. Linke said It wasn’t necessarily clear in the survey if citizens were accepting of the office being closed on Fridays, or only in favor of extended hours for five days a week.
“It’s not just about what we want, it’s about what we have heard from our citizens, and it’s also what they want,” Rosene said.
County Manager Lee Staab said he appreciated everything the Clerk and Recorder’s office does, especially the Motor Vehicle Department. Staab then said he felt they need to clarify some of the data to see if citizens really understood what, exactly, the shortened workweek would mean, and have another discussion at a later point in time.
The discussion was left with a resolution to be determined in the future after more data is conducted. “At this point the four-day workweek is not being considered, but it is not off the table,” Tollett said. The board will continue working on another way to receive feedback from the public. “We will begin to look for another step forward,” Tollett said.
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