Connecticut town runs four-day work week pilot program

The town of Vernon is testing a four-day work week.
Published: Aug. 2, 2022 at 9:10 PM EDT
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VERNON, CT (WFSB) - One town in Connecticut has given its employees three day weekends as part of a pilot program.

The Town of Vernon kicked off the pilot program 2 months ago for its government employees. While employees are only working four days a week, they extended their hours to make up for the lost time.

Town officials said they can offer more service hours to their residents through the program.

They are also testing to see what their employees think about working four days a week.

“In order to stay competitive, we looked at what the labor workforce is demanding, and we noticed very quickly that quality of life is becoming a more important factor for prospective employees,” said Michael J. Purcaro, the town’s administrator.

One employee said she likes the four-day work week.

“It’s been great especially over the summer months since you can take extended trips if you want and be with your family. I’m very much enjoying it,” said youth services program director Michelle Hill.

The program is not a permanent change, but it could be.

Officials said that when it comes time to decide, they will see how the new hours impact residents, and if workers stay on the job.