During a recent meeting, the Hollywood Commission voted to move to a four-day, ten-hour a day work week for many of its employees.
The program, known as “Extended Service Hours,” is a pilot project. After one year, the City will determine if the new schedule has been effective. The plan will go into effect October 3.
This means most City of Hollywood employees would work between 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. From Friday through Sunday, certain municipal buildings like City Hall, or the Parks and Recreation Administration Building will be closed. Positions that operationally cannot close on the weekends, such as first responders; police and fire, or beach maintenance will not be affected.
Surveys conducted among city employees found that most of them wanted a four day work week. Many said they believed it would be good for their work/life balance. The extra day to take care of their personal affairs is expected to go a long way. A benefit for residents will be that people who work 9 to 5 will have an extra hour later in the day if they need to deal with city government.
Members of the Commission say that they have seen people rushing into city hall late in the day hoping to get there in time to take of business with the city. Sometimes residents have had to take time off from work to pay a bill.
Vice Mayor Peter Hernandez opposed the decision saying that Hollywood residents wanted city personnel to be available five days a week. Other commissioners like the idea.
Commissioner Traci Callari believes it will improve morale, adding that many people work longer shifts.
City Manager Dr. Wazir Ishmael proposed the idea of a four-day work week as a way to offer extended service hours to Hollywood residents and business owners. The new schedule has potential to save Hollywood approximately $300,000 yearly.