SAN ANTONIO – Certain Bexar County employees will have the option to work four days a week as fuel prices surge and workplaces across the U.S. push for a better work-life balance.
The county clerk’s office on Monday said that it’s implemented another option for the shorter week, where employees work 10-hour days.
The change will not affect the office’s hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to a news release signed by Bexar County Clerk Lucy Adame-Clark. Her office covers marriage licenses, birth or death certificates, and other public records.
“Recent feedback from our staff has been very positive as they embrace the new hours by having one extra day to focus on their personal lives,” the release states. “One of the many goals of this new initiative is to reduce employee personal expenses, improve employee retention, increase productivity, and to overall address the financial needs of our employees.”
The release states that the flexible work schedule will help families address any personal needs and help them save money on gas, which is well over $4 a gallon.
The four-day workweek initiative is gaining momentum across the U.S. as people grapple with inflation and other effects of the pandemic.
According to the New York Times, the shorter workweeks are taking hold in other countries like Spain and New Zealand. One nonprofit group, 4 Day Week Global, even works with employers and employees on how to implement the strategy.