Merritt, B.C. will pilot a four-day work week at City Hall to attract workers
MERRITT, BC – The town of Merritt, in the interior of British Columbia, is launching a four-day workweek pilot program in hopes of attracting, recruiting and retaining municipal workers .
Merritt’s chief administrative officer said the year-long trial, approved by the board on Tuesday, will see City Hall closed on Monday, with extended hours Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. an additional hour and 45 minutes each day.
Sean Smith says wages won’t change, but hopes the compressed workweek will allow the city to compete with other jurisdictions, without affecting Merritt’s taxpayer bottom line.
He says it comes at a time when the city is struggling to recover from last fall’s floods, which devastated the community and caused additional challenges for staff retention.
Smith says the city also thinks the program will benefit residents by giving them access to city staff before or after regular working hours.
He says the project will be reviewed after six months through staff and public surveys to assess its effectiveness and identify areas where changes may need to be made.
A start date for the pilot program has yet to be decided, but Smith says he expects it to launch this fall.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on September 22, 2022.
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