How is your office staffed at the moment?
I am hoping that this will make governments more agile and allow us to provide a more competitive work environment like the private sector. Government has been very old school, because generally those are who are in charge. As the next generations move through leadership, and through office, it is my hope that we work to streamline our ability to get good workers who also get to have lives.So far it has been a big ramp-up in how to do things digitally- nobody was using MS teams or any real project management software before this. Very old-school. If there's a silver lining in all of this, it will be that we come out the other end able to support flexible hours and remote work.
We're going this way by close of business tomorrow. Come Monday, our offices are closed to the public with the exception of the Health Department. DSS is splitting their employees in half. Half will be out in the field, the other half is in the office. The field staff will not re-enter the offices and communicate electronically with quarantined staff. I'm working on a deposit box outside our office that will allow the public to drop permits and plats in.Sounds like we are considering access to city hall by appointment only.
We are completely shut down. I changed jobs less than two months ago and this is definitely a concern.Right now, we are good and everyone can keep working. But if it lasts into summer, we will first terminate the interns, then start either terminating staff, reducing hours (forcing part-time status), or taking an across-the-board pay cut.
I stayed working through the recession, but at a lower position and obviously for less pay. I would be willing to go with a pay cut in order to keep other benefits and staffing levels.
I think that is a reasonable and safe approach. You're safe but you are also providing the services your citizens have a right to.Our office has a vestibule and we're currently in a fight whether we should open that up for people to fill out permits and drop off hard copies. I'm of the opinion that we absolutely have to keep that option open, but I think I'm in the minority.
My Sunday School class at church did a trial run with this on Wednesday. It works fine, but go with the option that looks like the Hollywood Squares or Brady Bunch.Zoom is free. Sign up, send an invitie out to the attendee. They join at a specified time, show you what you ask for. Done.