The Town of Plainville is pleased to announce the commencement of an innovative 6-month pilot program aimed at enhancing services for our residents while adopting a 4-day work week schedule for our dedicated staff. Beginning on Monday, August 21, 2023, the Plainville Municipal Center, Recreation Department, and Youth Services Department will be adjusting their hours of operation to provide extended accessibility to the community.
The revised hours of operation for the Municipal Center, Recreation Department, and Youth Services Department will be as follows:
- Monday to Wednesday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
- Thursday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Friday: Closed
The Senior Center, an integral part of our community, will also be participating in this pilot program, offering the following hours:
- Monday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Tuesday to Thursday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
- Friday: Closed
This pilot program has been designed with two key objectives in mind. First and foremost, it aims to provide our residents with extended hours of operation, ensuring ample opportunities to access and benefit from the diverse range of services offered by the town.
Additionally, the adoption of a 4-day work week is a significant step toward innovative work practices in response to the evolving needs of our workforce. The 4-day work week is widely recognized for its popularity nationwide and is considered a pivotal factor in remaining competitive in today’s hiring environment. In Connecticut, towns, such as Vernon and Mansfield, have also successfully implemented similar schedules.
While many private companies and government entities, such as the State of Connecticut, have successfully implemented hybrid work environments, we recognized that this approach might not suit Plainville's unique circumstances due to the size of our staff and the importance of remaining accessible to the community.
“We are thrilled to embark on this pilot program, offering extended hours to our community while adopting a 4-day work week for our staff,” said Town Manager Michael Paulhus. “This forward-thinking approach reflects our commitment to better serve both our residents and employees, enhancing their experience with the town of Plainville.”
During the 6-month trial period, Town Administration will gather feedback from the community and employees to assess the impact of the extended hours and the 4-day work week. Feel free to use the following link to participate in a community satisfaction survey: https://questionpro.com/t/AXi6zZzJSW
For further information and updates about the pilot program and change in hours of operation, please visit the Town of Plainville website at www.plainvillect.com. The community is also reminded that the Town website is a valuable resource that offers access to numerous online services and frequently asked questions.