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City employees to start working a "Compressed Work Week"
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City employees to start working a "Compressed Work Week"

City of Norcross, GA – On March 1st, the City of Norcross will introduce a 90-day pilot program called the “9/80 Compressed Work Week.”  This program is part of Georgia’s Clean Air Campaign, which is a partnership between the Georgia Department of Transportation and over 1600 employers throughout the state.  Norcross City Clerk and Human Resources Manager Susan Wuerzner recently announced implementation of this program as a way to not only enhance the City’s customer service, but to also help reduce air pollution in the process.

In the 9/80 Program, City employees still work the same number of hours each month; however, instead of the traditional work week, they’ll adjust the pattern of when they work over a two-week period. For eight days they’ll be on the job for 9-hours a day, work 1 day for 8 hours, and then get the 10th day off, a schedule which then repeats.

“This compressed work schedule has some great benefits,” explains Wuerzner. ”It allows us to keep City Hall open longer each day (8am – 6pm) without adding staff.  Also, having one extra day off each 10-day period means fewer cars on the road which reduces air pollution and congestion issues. The majority of our employees commute at least 10 miles each way to work, so by reducing the number of commutes we’ll help the environment and increase service.”

According to Wuerzner, the program is being introduced as a pilot program to ensure success before being permanently implemented. Clean Air Campaign statistics show the 9/80 program reduces employee sick leave, helps reduce overtime costs and often creates a more efficient way to manage departments. “This approach also allows us to stagger shifts in some departments,” explains Wuerzner. “In Public Works for instance, a staggered schedule lets staff be available to clean up after events without incurring over time.  And of course, by staying open until 6pm, it will be a lot easier for people to come by City Hall after work and talk with a real person instead of having to get off early or use the drop box. It’s an extra level of service we can provide without increasing costs.”

Norcross is one of the first cities in Gwinnett to be exploring this progressive program. From March through May, citizens are encouraged to let the City know if they like the new hours, and what they think of the program. With enough positive feedback, the 9/80 Compressed Work Week will become Norcross’ “new norm” and another example of creative sustainable thinking. In 2011, the City of Norcross was recognized at the Gold Level as a “Green Community” by the Atlanta Regional Commission; although Norcross worked hard to earn its Gold Award, the introduction of this new program proves the city isn’t resting on its laurels.

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