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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Gilbert Arizona Jobs Saved by Shorter Workweek

Instituting a shorter workweek could help to save some Gilbert Arizona jobs.

Throughout the economic downturn, many government entities have been looking for new ways to save money and cut down on costs, and one of the most popular solutions is to allow employees to work fewer days during the week.

The Town of Gilbert is the latest to jump on board. At a recent meeting, the Town Council unanimously approved a plan that will allow employees to work four days per week, with most government offices being open longer Monday through Thursday and closed on Friday.

According to an article by The Arizona Republic, the plan is expected to save taxpayer money and boost employee morale. In fact, about 61 percent of town employees say they support the change, while 22 percent oppose it and 16 percent are neutral.

About 600 of the town's 1,100 employees are already operating under the four-day workweek, while the remainder will make the switch by July. Some departments affected by the change have already reported cost savings.

Several other cities in the metro Phoenix area already offer a four-day workweek, including Mesa, Queen Creek, Peoria, Avondale, Fountain Hills, Buckeye, and Surprise.

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