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City planner thinks state could benefit from flexible work schedule

City planner thinks state could benefit from flexible work schedule

By Becky Bruce | Posted - Sep. 13, 2010 at 4:15 p.m.



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BOUNTIFUL -- Bountiful City's economic development director says Utah should consider taking a page out of his city's book when it comes to alternative work hours.

A flexible work schedule is nothing new, but economic development director Aric Jensen, who is also president of the American Planning Association in Utah, believes it could work better for state government than the four-day workweek.

"Government is generally slow to respond to change and innovation," Jensen said.

A flexible schedule can mean 40 hours in the office, but not 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It can also mean employees work from home or work a combination of the two.

"It just depends on the field, and it depends on the type of work that needs to be performed," Jensen said.

It's an idea he says has worked well in the past for Bountiful.

E-mail: bbruce@ksl.com

Becky Bruce

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