July 27, 2010 9:24:00 AM
The Columbus Public Works Department moved to a five-day work week this week, a move that comes after City Council members expressed concerns during a retreat last week that the department isn''t productive enough.
It''s tough to hammer people for a lack of productivity who labor outdoors, especially when the heat index is consistently over 100 degrees. But count us on the side of the council members who expect 100 percent out of every city worker -- they''re asking the questions and making the tough decisions we, as taxpayers, expect them to.
We also think shorter days spread out over a longer week, especially during the summer months, only make sense. And, the city can counter complaints that nothing can get done in Columbus on a Friday.
In 2008, during the previous council''s term, the city moved to a four-day work week for most city workers, to cut costs. (City Hall is closed, though police and fire departments are staffed normally.)
City leaders should assess what the real savings are for a four-day work week, and if they offset suspicions that productivity hasn''t picked up over the days city workers are on the job.
We''d all love a three-day weekend -- and without a doubt, for many city workers, it''s well deserved. Still, we want the council to get the most out of our tax dollars -- and shaking things up a bit where complacency might exist, isn''t a bad thing.
walter commented at 7/28/2010 4:02:00 PM:
A willingness to break away from old outmoded way of viewing things is what it is going to take, if Columbus,the State of Mississippi, indeed, the United States, are going to survive the economic crisis in which we find ourselves. Few of us have the money in the bank that many on Wall Street have to enable them to survive. What we do have, that they have, are our own minds. We merely need to exercise our minds to find more creative and fairer means of addressing the problems that confront us. If something is not working; stop working it. Unless, on the other hand you benefit in some perverted way, while others suffer, then common-sense dictates that something, anything, different, would be attempted...