Chamber offers four-day work week

One month after the program was implemented, Taylor said, "So far, I think we've been doing really well with it. Our members are very very supportive of the concept."

For marketing and online media manager Trevor Sparks, the program has been rewarding so far.

"I have two children, so we take them out of daycare for a day, and I play 'Mr. Mom' for the day," he said.

Aside from being able to spend extra time with his children, Sparks said the program has actually saved his family a good amount of money.

"We take them out of daycare for one day, and over the course of a year we save about $4,000," he said. "It's like the Chamber gave me a raise of $4,000."

Sparks said the program has also helped ease the stress of his commute because now he is traveling to work earlier and is able to beat most rush-hour traffic.

While some employees, like Sparks, enjoy various aspects of the program, not every employee chooses to take advantage of it.

Vice president of member services Laura Cassidy said that she does not take one day off per week because, as a manager, some employees in her group do not take it off, and she would not want to make them do it just because she did.

Cassidy also said that, "From a scheduling perspective, with my children, it was more advantageous to not [take the day off]."

At the same time, Cassidy said she was excited about the kind of staff response the Chamber has received since implementing the program.

"I think I'm more excited about the way the staff has responded to it," she said. "It kind of enhances the positions here and gives them a little more value."


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