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Reported by Chip Washington

Four-day work week working for Southaven

SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC) - A four-day work week may sound like a dream come true for some people, but it's a reality in Southaven.

It's a concept that many businesses have talked about and some have even tried.

The City of Southaven put it to use this summer.

Remember in the not-too-distant past when gas prices were approaching the $5 price mark?

Everyone was trying to figure out what could be done to alleviate traffic and save money.

This past summer, Southaven became the first city in the state to offer a four-day work week for employees.

Southaven Mayor Greg Davis said, "Well, we came to it because the price of gas was so high, we were trying to find ways for city employees to be able to save some money and not have to drive to work so often, and it turned out to be a matter of convenience."

Davis said both city employees and residents alike are enjoying the plan, which has city departments open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m..

He says each department decided whether they wanted to do it, and so far, so good.

Davis said, "If the workers are not having to think about taking a days leave to do the things they need to do during business work hours it makes for a better employee.  For citizens who need to have access to their city hall outside the normal 8-5 hours it's worked well for them."

Davis said the departments that currently use the four day work week include the municipal court, utility and planning and engineering departments.

Things seem to be going pretty well for the moment, and as for the future Davis said, "Again, it will be just re-evaluation and see how it works."

Southaven joined other municipal and state governments across the country that have adopted the shorter work week, including Birmingham, Alabama, Tennessee and Utah.

Mississippi state government might adopt it, but it would to be have approved by the Governor.

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