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Nov 05

Manager's mssage: Congratulations and enjoy extra time off

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 9:27 AM by Mary Bunting


It is hard to believe it November already and that the holiday season is right around the corner. Each year at this time, we announce the results of the biennial citizen satisfaction survey and the resulting time off bonus for the holidays.

As you are hopefully aware, every two years we ask the community – through a random, scientific survey – to tell us what they think about the performance of city employees. The results are tied to an employee time-off bonus program. Under the rules of that program, employees can earn time off on the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve based on the results. A remarkable 93.4% of those surveyed in our last survey indicated satisfaction with the work performance of the city employees. I find this rating very strong, especially in light of the fiscal stress and budget cut-backs we have had. Based on this rating, eligible employees have earned a bonus day off on Friday, November 29th  (the day after Thanksgiving) and a half-day off on Tuesday, December 24th. Eligible employees include:

  • All permanent full-time employees normally scheduled to work on these days
  • All permanent part-time and WAE employees who work a regular schedule.  These employees will be paid for the equivalent number of hours scheduled to work on these days.

However, because of the sustained level of high performance over multiple years, especially in tough financial times, the City Council and I have decided to also award the full day (as opposed to just the half earned with the bonus program) on Tuesday, December 24th. So in total, employees will have off the full days of Friday, November 29th, and Tuesday, December 24th to thank you for your continued dedication and strong performance day in and day out.

All eligible employees who may be required to work on these days will receive the equivalent time off to be taken prior to the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2014).

The time off bonus and extra administrative leave on the 24th will result in the City being “closed” for routine business on these days.  Your department head or supervisor will be in touch with you if your department’s operations require staff to be rescheduled at these times.  The equivalent time off will be scheduled in accordance with departmental guidelines.

Congratulations on a job well done! I hope everyone is able to enjoy their extra time-off. The extra time-off is but a small token of the Council’s and my personal appreciation for all you do to make our community better each and every day! Thank you again!



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