Voluntary reduced work week program offers employees time off, saves province cashMore than 2,100 provincial employees in Manitoba took advantage of program last year saving the province $2.5 millionBy 03/19/2004|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 05/25/2005 Manitoba 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. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.