I’m a huge fan of American Public Radio’s Marketplace program- heard locally at 6:30pm on WYSO, 91.3
I usually listen to the podcast, a few days late. So, there was former Montgomery County Treasurer, Hugh Quill being interviewed on Marketplace, cracking the whip on State employees who apparently, don’t work Fridays:
Marketplace: Ohio stiffens its flex-time rules
MHARI SAITO: Walking around state offices in Columbus, Ohio, Hugh Quill noticed more empty desks on Fridays. So, the director of the states Department of Administrative Services called a meeting with union stewards on a Friday afternoon.
HUGH QUILL: It sounds like it was Machiavellian, but it really wasnt. I just had an opening at Friday at 2 pm, and it was actually kind of funny though when the person stated that it was the first Friday hed been at work in 13 years, and I said, “Welcome back.”
If you ever wonder why government doesn’t run like a business, take a listen or read the whole interview. Also, remember that having people drive 5x into work per week instead of 4x costs more in fuel, road use, etc..
There are real problems in Columbus- but eliminating flex time shouldn’t be at the top of the list.