Four-day working weeks have had runs in both the U.S. and abroad, but still feel like a pipe dream. Working five days a week, every single week, can really take a hit on our work-life balance.
Maybe if the work week was reduced just a tiny bit, we might even end up being more productive. In fact, many trials and studies have outlined the benefits of a shorter workweek – including increased productivity and improved morale and team culture.
Now, a South Florida town is the latest place to call for action, as it looks to begin a trial of the four-day working week this August,
according to a news release.
The town of Davie, which has a population of more than 105,000 people, is cutting off one day of the workweek for many of its municipal employees. The change will start Thursday, August 3, as municipal offices will open Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and closed Friday through Sunday.
“The transition will offer extended morning and evening hours of service to members of the community,” the release reads.
Many departments and services will participate in this new schedule, including:
- Office of the Mayor and Town Council
- Administration Department
- Budget and Finance Department
- Building Division
- Business Tax Receipts
- Community Redevelopment Agency
- Engineering Division
- Human Resources
- Information Technology
- Office of the Town Attorney
- Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts’ Administration Office
- Planning and Zoning Division
- Town Clerk’s Office
- Utilities Customer Service
But despite the switch, the Davie fire rescue and police departments will continue to respond to calls 24/7. parks and recreation facilities, programming and special events will maintain current operations as well as the utilities department maintaining current operations of a 7-day workweek.
Now, all we’d like to know is, how can we go about getting this in Miami? After all, everybody loves a three-day weekend!
For more information, visit the town’s website here.