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Forney City Council approves 4-day workweek starting this coming October to boost life balance to its staff

Forney, Texas – In an audacious policy revamp aimed at simultaneously elevating quality of life for its citizens and fostering a more flexible work environment for its staff, the Forney City Council has ratified a resolution to transition the city’s operational regimen to a four-day workweek, slated to commence this coming October.

Forney’s new operational schedule will be from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday

The council’s endorsement last week engenders a modification in the city’s conventional operating schedule, which will now span from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

The strategic pivot to truncated working hours serves a dual purpose, according to city officials. On one hand, the initiative is designed to enhance the overall convenience quotient for residents, by ostensibly facilitating a nimbler engagement with city services.

On the other, it aspires to create a work milieu for municipal employees that is simultaneously more accommodating and conducive to a well-rounded work-life balance.

“Our city council is dedicated to fostering a positive workplace culture for city employees. We view the transition to a four-day workweek as a creative method to enhance convenience and accessibility for our residents. This shift also presents a budget-neutral strategy to maintain competitiveness, enhance recruitment, and bolster retention,” said Mayor Jason Roberson in a statement provided by the city.

“In addition, there are extra advantages like potential savings in utility and fuel expenses.”

List of services and departments in Forney that switch to four-day work week

7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday and closed on Friday
• City Hall (Utility Billing)
• Community Development/Engineering/Public Works
• Economic Development
• Parks and Recreation Administration
• Municipal Court
• Police Administration
• Fire Administration

It is imperative to note that this organizational transformation will not exert any impact on the city’s critical emergency on-call services, which encompass police, fire, and public works departments. These indispensable sectors will sustain their round-the-clock operational tempo, ensuring unimpeded access to essential services for the community.

Mobile apps and virtual platforms for civic engagement will remain operational as usual

In addition to the in-person municipal services affected by this schedule realignment, the city has emphasized that virtual platforms for civic engagement will remain unaltered. Consequently, residents will maintain unfettered access to a host of online services, ranging from settling water bill accounts to filing for permits and reporting issues that necessitate city intervention.

Click here for more information.

Just recently the city of Farmers Branch moved to a four-day workweek to be competitive in the job market and to retain and attract top employees.

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