The premier's deputy minister Allan Seckel told bureaucrats last week the provincial government is "finalizing plans" for a second voluntary reduced work week program, scheduled to take place over the winter holidays. This, following the "success of the summer voluntary reduced workweek program." But what Mr. Seckel doesn't mention is only nine percent of civil service respondents to a March 2009 online poll favoured scheduling a reduced work week over the winter when compared with several other options. The following is a complete copy of that email.
As you likely know, last week the Olympic torch was lit in Greece and began its journey to Canada in preparation for the opening of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The torch will arrive in Victoria to begin its relay across Canada on the morning of October 30. The BC Public Service will be joining with many businesses and organizations across the capital region and supporting our employees who wish to take time to share in the beginning of the torch relay.
Recognizing that this is a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, you are encouraged to take part in the celebrations centred around the Inner Harbour and the Parliament Buildings if you wish and where it is operationally possible. The arrival of the torch takes place at 9:30 a.m. Of course, each office and service delivery agency must remain operational. Therefore please ensure you have your supervisor's approval if you wish to take a small portion of the day to attend torch ceremonies. Similarly, as the torch relay proceeds throughout the province, employees are encouraged to participate in events surrounding the arrival of the torch in communities across B.C. More details about the relay and the official events taking place in Victoria and around the province are available on the @Work intranet site.
In addition, today on the @Work site you will find a report out on the success of the summer voluntary reduced workweek program. It's rewarding to see an idea that originated with employees be implemented with such positive feedback. Based on that feedback and the results of a recent employee poll, we will now be finalizing plans for a second voluntary version of this program over the winter holiday period. Thank you to all those who took the time to share your thoughts and ideas on the reduced workweek concept. And thanks for the work all of you do to support the people and province of British Columbia.
Deputy Minister to the Premier and
Head of the BC Public Service