Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Four-Day Workweek Summer Pilot
I am pleased to announce that this summer we will pilot a four-day workweek. Other universities and community colleges in the state have successfully implemented such plans and report savings to the institution, improved faculty and staff morale, savings on employee fuel expenses and increased productivity. Thus, we would like to pilot a four-day workweek this summer.
Because of orientation schedules and other planned campus activities and functions, we will begin this schedule Monday, July 12, and end on Friday, Aug. 13. Employees will work a four-day 10-hour a day schedule for five weeks during the summer schedule pilot. The university will return to the normal five-day workweek schedule Monday, Aug. 16. Following this five week period, we will assess the program for strengths and weaknesses.
We know that some programs, activities and services cannot be considered for a four-day workweek during the summer because of the needs of their core operations. A Summer Hours Task Force began working on this idea in November 2009 and has developed helpful tips for supervisors and employees in implementing this program. They also provide guidelines for those not currently eligible for the program. This guidance can be viewed at http://uwf.edu/universityaffairs/internal/summerhours.
As always, thank you for your continued dedication and commitment to the university. We hope that you will enjoy this program and that we will see the same rewards as other institutions.
President, University of West Florida
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