Atlantic County Clerk's Office test-drives four-day workweek

MAYS LANDING - Today begins County Clerk Ed McGettigan's four-week experiment: four 10-hour days per week for most employees, rather than five eight-hour days, to save them the fuel expense of a commute."We have employees driving 20 miles each way to work. We're looking for some relief," McGettigan said. A driver whose car gets 20 miles to the gallon would save eight gallons of gas in the trial period, equivalent to more than $30 at current prices.Although employees' workdays will lengthen, office hours for the public will remain the same - 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Twenty of the office's 31 employees have volunteered to shift their schedules for an extra day off.The experiment - which ends Aug. 1 - could be extended indefinitely if it succeeds this month. When asked how other county officials were reacting to the plan, McGettigan replied, "I guess we'll find out. There must be a benefit to the taxpayer, not just...
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