Montrose experiments with moving workers to 4-day week

MONTROSE — Beginning March 14, employees with the city of Montrose will be switching over from a traditional five-day work week to a four-day work schedule in an effort to boost efficiency between the city government and its residents.

“The city of Westminster (Colorado) recently changed last August and the feedback they have received has been very positive,” city of Montrose spokesperson David Spear said.

The city’s new hours will begin earlier at 7 a.m. and will end later at 6 p.m.

This change Spear noted, will help residents interact with the city better by freeing up the hours of operation, allowing residents the option to stop by city offices before or after work.

The change was also designed to allow city employees the option to restructure their schedules to allow for more time in various customer service areas.

The schedule change will be in a trial period to begin with, as city managers plan to re-evaluate the new work schedule later this year.

“We are encouraging public feedback, good or bad, so we can determine if the change is working effectively and best serving the public’s needs. If the five- day work schedule is better, we’ll switch back,” Spear said.

The change will not affect all departments of the city’s operation. The customer finance office, city administration and the public works department are some offices changing hours. Other schedule changes will be determined on a case-by-case basis Spear said.

Spear added the March 14 change was designed to coincide with the upcoming daylight saving time switch.

“That’s why we picked the date ... we view it as a win-win,” Spear said.

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