On June 24, 2010, the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) and the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) at the University of South Florida, held a net conference on Boosting Morale, Performance, and Savings via Compressed Workweeks, featuring the following presenters:
- Green Friday at City of Avondale. In June 2008, Avondale, Ariz. (population 82,000 (2008)) was the first city in the state to move to a four-day work week. Known as Green Friday, the program was embraced by employees and the public alike as a means of saving taxpayer dollars, providing enhanced customer service with longer hours Monday through Thursday, reducing single occupancy vehicle trips, and boosting morale and productivity. Pier Simeri, Community Relations & Public Affairs Director, City of Avondale, described how they made it work with right timing, progressive leadership, flexibility, understanding customers’ needs, and creative marketing. All were ingredients for Avondale’s Green Friday success.
- The Working 4 Utah Initiative. In August 2008, Utah Governor Jon Huntsman launched the Working 4 Utah initiative. This initiative was intended to extend state government services that are not already available during extended hours and weekends – from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The purpose of the initiative was to make a positive impact in the areas of energy consumption, extended customer service, employee recruitment and retention, and reducing the environmental impact of state government operations. Jeff Herring, the Executive Director of the Department of Human Resource Management for the State of Utah, summarized the lessons learned and impacts that informed the discussion about whether the change should be made permanent. For example, the final employee survey indicated the negative impact of the initiative on commuters using transit was less than anticipated (9% actual instead of 14% anticipated). While this is encouraging, the amount of employees impacted is still significant. The State encouraged carpooling by developing an online matching tool specific to state employees.
Moderated by Donna Smallwood, MassRides/URS
The 67 minute streaming media recording also includes about 30 minutes of questions and answers.
View the streaming media recording of the presentations (You need Windows Media Player™ to view) (89 minutes)
Note: View this net conference by June 30, 2010, and receive one (1) credit toward the Commuter Choice Certificate program http://www.commuterservices.com, managed by the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida. To receive credit, you must complete the net conference evaluation and include your contact information http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/cww.