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New work policy saves money, allows Wilm. employees flexibility

The new policy allows some to work from home. For others, they can come up with their own schedules, like working four 10-hour days instead of five eight-hour days. The new policy allows some to work from home. For others, they can come up with their own schedules, like working four 10-hour days instead of five eight-hour days.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A new policy is helping the city of Wilmington save money, and it's also boosting morale among the city's 1,000 employees.

It all started when some city employees got together to look at ways to reduce energy costs.

Now, the city has adopted what is being called an "alternative work schedule policy."

The plan basically gives employees more flexibility when it comes to when and where they work.

Tracy Corle was on the committee that came up with the recommendations. The policy allows some to work from home. For others, they can come up with their own schedules, like working four 10-hour days instead of five eight-hour days.

However, this only applies to some city departments.

Corle says it helps save the city money, because if employees are working from home, they don't need to rent office space for them.

She also says employees like the flexibility, especially those with families.

The policy has only been in place for two months, but so far, city leaders are pretty pleased with the program.

Some departments, like public safety, are exempt because they can't be too flexible with police schedules.

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