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Some government workers take short workweek: But city, county officials say option doesn’t suit all employees
By Greg Lacour Charlotte and Mecklenburg County governments, like a growing number of local governments around the country, offer flexible work schedules — such as four-day workweeks — to their employees. And like most local governments that offer them, city and county officials have found that the benefits to departments, employees and residents are genuine but limited. In 2008, Mecklenburg County studied the possibility of switching all employees to a four-day, 10-hour-per-day work schedule. The idea, floated by County Commissioner Dan Ramirez, was a response to the skyrocketing cost of gasoline, near $4 a gallon in mid-2008; a four-day workweek would mean one less day of driving for county employees, allowing them to save money and help reduce air pollution. Also, one less day of work would help compensate for frozen salaries and hiring in a time of recession.