This summer, the community of South Portland, Maine, is embarking on an experiment that rethinks the notion of the work week. For six months, civic employees in the city of 26,000 will work four days a week.
“We’re having a hard time filling certain positions in the city and some employees have mentioned, ‘Gee, it would be great if we had a little bit more flexibility in our schedule,’” the city’s manager Scott Morelli told a local CBS news outlet. “A three-day weekend, right? Everyone has more time to spend with friends and family, get errands done on Friday, make appointments.”