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Some of South Portland's city offices are piloting a four-day workweek

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Some of South Portland's city offices are piloting a four-day workweek. The change comes after an employee survey found that a shorter workweek was the No. 1 request among workers.

Starting Aug. 7, City Hall, Assessing and the planning and development departments will be closed on Fridays. Those offices will be open longer during the other four weekdays to compensate, according to a memo to South Portland city councilors.

City leadership says a shorter workweek could lead to better work-life balance and productivity among employees. It could also make it easier to recruit and retain workers, City Manager Scott Morelli told councilors during a Tuesday workshop.

"It's on the minds of all employers right now. There's staffing shortages everywhere and we're definitely no stranger to that," Morelli said.

He said other communities like Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough have similar schedules. The pilot program will run for six months.

Reporter Caitlin Andrews came to Maine Public in 2023 after nearly eight years in print journalism. She hails from New Hampshire originally.