Voluntary reduced work week program offers employees time off, saves province cash

More than 2,100 provincial employees in Manitoba took advantage of program last year saving the province $2.5 million
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|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 05/25/2005

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anitoba has renewed a voluntary reduced work week program for provincial staff. The program gives employees the option of taking up to 15 days off without pay.

The program, introduced in 2002 as a pilot project, has saved the government a significant amount of money. According to statistics from the province, more than 2,100 employees — or about 15 per cent of the workforce — took advantage of the program in 2003-2004, reducing costs by about $2.5 million. In 2002-2003, nearly 2,000 employees took advantage of the program, which reduced costs by $1.9 million.