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Riverview Launches Four-Day Compressed Work Week

Town of Riverview employees welcome a new four-day work week schedule beginning in June. The pilot program, which will run from June 6-September 6, 2022, was met with overwhelming support from employees.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has made us look at many things differently, how we work being a big one,” explained CAO, Colin Smith. “An operational change that allows us to potentially increase the engagement and wellbeing of employees without impacting services to residents is easy to support. Pilot programs allow us to test this out to see if it works for our team, as it has for others, before making any definitive changes.”

While employees will enjoy a long weekend every week, the optimized schedule will result in no disruption of services for residents, and in fact, has expanded working hours to adapt to the change. Employees have been arranged into two teams to ensure five days of coverage for all Town services. Team A will have Fridays off, with Team B taking Monday as their extra day.

“Teams will be working the same number of hours, simply restructured to accommodate the extra day off,” said Tyla Finlay, Director of Human Resources for the Town of Riverview. “Our workforce is split into groups to ensure that hours are consistent and services remain accessible to the public as expected. Many of our offices will now open earlier and close later than usual to continue to serve residents conducting municipal business.”

The new hours for Town operations is as follows:

Town Hall: 
Monday – Thursday 8:00am to 5:00pm
Friday - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Parks, Recreation and Community Relations Office:
Monday-Wednesday - 8:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday and Friday - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Operation Centre:
Monday-Friday - 7:00am to 5:00pm

Wellbeing, retention, and attraction are at the core of the compressed work week’s benefits seen in companies around the world.  New research by Henley Business School reports that companies that adopted a four-day week found that over three quarters of staff (78%) were happier, less stressed (70%) and took fewer days off due to illness (62%).

“Studies have shown that people are more engaged and focused on their work when they have the opportunity to work a compressed schedule,” noted Finlay. “We are very much about taking action as an organisation - not just talking the talk, but walking the walk. By giving employees the option to restructure their schedule and spend a little more time on what matters most to them, we’re directly supporting our values of sustainability and wellbeing. We look forward to measuring results accordingly over the pilot program.”

Learn more about the benefits of the four-day work week at https://www.4dayweek.com/

Media Contact

Annette Crummey

Director of Corporate Services
Town of Riverview

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