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Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

Shorter work weeks ahead for some Shelby County employees

It's happening all across the country in a effort to save money:  a transition to four-day work weeks.  Soon, some Shelby County employees will join that trend.

In a few days, the phrase 'working for the weekend' will take on new meaning for the Shelby County Probate Court Clerks office.  Beginning August 4th, employees will switch to a 4 day work week.  Employees will work 10 hours a day, and rotate their extra day off.

According to principal court clerk Donna Fielder, rather than close one day a week, the office will remain open.  In fact, the change will allow them to extend their office's hours. 

"We had to be open five days, so I thought maybe we could alternate days off," she said.

The court clerk's office will be the first to try out the new schedule, as the county considers going to a shorter week in many of its departments.

"I'd expect within the next 30 days we'll have several departments on a four day work week," said Shelby County Chief Administrative Officer Jim Huntzicker.

Huntzicker said longer office hours will give the public more time to take care of  their county business. 

"We think we'll actually provide a better service and provide an employee benefit at the same time," he said.

Employees seemed excited about the money they will save in gas, but that's not the only perk. 
"I think the public will like it, and there's no question the employees are going to like, it so it's a win-win," one employee said.

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