Workweek may get a makeover

The Board of Supervisors reacted enthusiastically Tuesday to the idea of flexible working hours and telecommuting for county employees, but left it up to department heads to figure out how to carry out the proposals in each departments.

The state has told counties they must cut greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent from 1990 levels by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. The decree comes from the passage of the state Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 — AB32.

Removing county workers from their automobiles would be one of several ways to do that, the county’s top administrators told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

Supervisors agreed, and Supervisor Frank Mecham said he saw flex time and telecommuting as possible morale builders for a county staff that has been hit hard during the recession.

The county staff presented several options, including four 10-hour work days per week and nine 9-hour work days every two weeks.

However, there are many possible permutations, supervisors noted. For example, they asked, would the four 10-hour days be Monday through Thursday, Thursday through Friday — or some other combination?

Those best positioned to answer those questions are those who run individual departments, supervisors said.

They directed their staff to come back with a more concrete proposal early next year.