Georgia Employers: Become Compressed Work Week Leaders

The Clean Air Campaign offering free consulting and $2,000 reimbursement to select organizations for launching compressed work weeks

(ATLANTA, GA — 03.10.10)

Georgia employers have the chance to be part of a special initiative that helps them reduce operating costs, expand service hours, improve employee work-life balance, and reduce employee commuting costs. The Clean Air Campaign is making this possible with the launch of the Compressed Work Week Leadership Initiative.

Compressed work weeks let employees work the same number of hours, but in fewer days. Most employers establish one of two conventional approaches: a 4/40 schedule, a four-day work week with 10 working hours a day; or a 9/80 schedule, giving employees one day off every two weeks.

“Compressed work weeks have been gaining popularity across the country as a means to improve workplace efficiency,” said Kevin Green, executive director of The Clean Air Campaign. “We’ve already created a national model for telework programs and believe that many employers are ready to embrace the compressed work week approach to continue reducing traffic and improving air quality.”

Through a simple application process, The Clean Air Campaign will select up to 15 organizations from the public and private sectors to be part of the Compressed Work Week Leadership Initiative.

Structured around the successful Telework Leadership Initiative, which helped employers launch telework programs and influenced the creation of the Georgia Telework Tax Credit, organizations will receive professional consulting services at no cost to assist with overall program development, implementation, monitoring and program evaluation.

Organizations selected to be part of the Compressed Work Week Leadership Initiative will receive up to $2,000 in reimbursement for labor costs incurred in planning, conducting feasibility studies, training, marketing and promoting compressed work weeks.

“When making our selections, we’ll be looking at two things: an applicant’s level of commitment to implementing or expanding a compressed work week program and how ready the organization is for implementation or expansion,” said Erin Clark, compressed work week specialist at The Clean Air Campaign.

Applications, which are available at CleanAirCampaign.org, are due April 30, 2010.

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About The Clean Air Campaign

The Clean Air Campaign is a not-for-profit organization that works with Georgia's employers, commuters and schools to encourage actions that result in less traffic congestion and better air quality. To accomplish this goal, The Clean Air Campaign, along with its associate organizations, partners with more than 1,600 employers to create custom commute options programs; and annually helps thousands of commuters find commute alternatives that work for them, providing financial incentives to get them started. The Clean Air Campaign also protects public health by issuing Smog Alerts and empowers students, parents and teachers to play a positive role in reducing traffic and cleaning the air through a multi-faceted education program reaching elementary, middle and high schools.

Each day, these programs reduce 1.6 million miles of vehicle travel and keep 800 tons of pollution out of the air we breathe. For more information, call 1-877-CLEANAIR (1-877-253-2624) or visit http://www.CleanAirCampaign.org.

Media Contact:

Lindsay Durfee/Sarah Waters
404.816.2037

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