DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS: FLEXIBLE WORKING HOURS

12-C
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS:
FLEXIBLE WORKING HOURS
Problem Identification:
The City’s office personnel are restricted to an 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM workday. Therefore, services to the citizens, such as bill payment, permit review, and plans reviews are restricted to these hours.

Recommended Action:
Explore adopting flex-time scheduling practices.

Classification:
Organizational, Service Improvement

Functional/Operational Area:
Department of Public Works

Estimated Annual Impact:
Cannot be Estimated

Estimated Implementation Costs:
None

Barriers to Implementation:
Existing work schedules are governed by the City’s collective bargaining agreements.

Projected Implementation:
90 days

Next Steps:
In collaboration with union representation, gauge employee interest and develop a policy, if appropriate.

Analysis:
Implementing the recommendations will improve services to the citizens by extending office hours at no increased expense. Additionally, employee morale and productivity will improve by allowing employees to coordinate their work and personal schedules. Flex-time may also be an attractive benefit for employment with City government.