The San Diego Association of Governments shifted to a compressed weekly work schedule Monday in an effort to decrease vehicle emissions and give employees more flexibility.
The regional planning agency’s offices will be closed to the public every other Monday. According to SANDAG, this will allow employees an extra day off while the traditional 80-hour, 10-day work schedule will be changed to 80 hours over nine days.
Studies have shown that compressed work schedules boost employee morale and productivity while also reducing operational costs and employee turnover.
“We must walk the walk as regional leaders in alternatives to driving alone,” said SANDAG Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata. “This new schedule gives SANDAG staff the opportunity to do their part in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion.”
SANDAG’s South Bay Expressway and Interstate 15 Express Lanes Customer Service Center and its Freeway Service Patrol and 511 Roadside Assistance call center will both remain open on scheduled Monday office closures.
According to the agency, more than 25 local businesses in its iCommute program already use a compressed work schedule.
A full list of planned office closures can be found online.
— City News Service
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