Flexible work hours for state sector employees working around Battaramulla

Flexible work hours for state sector employees working around Battaramulla

Flexible work hours for state sector employees working around Battaramulla

Written by Staff Writer

18 Sep, 2017 | 11:30 am

The change in working hours for state sector employees in Battaramulla will begin from today, September 18. The Cabinet approved the Pilot Project on May 17, 2017.

Rs. 1 billion in daily savings, if each state sector employee reduces the time wasted on the road in traffic by just six minutes. -That is the number which came up when the Ministry of Megapolis did the research on it.

The study showed that 58% of officers using personal or official vehicles arrive at their workplaces between 7 and 9.30 a.m., and these vehicles move out of the workplaces between 3 and 5.30 p.m. 

One Billion Rupees a day, a staggering Thirty Billion Rupees a month, imagine the amount of schools that can be built, roads, water projects etc. that can be carried out with those savings?

The decision was taken after observing the heavy flow of traffic reported daily in Battaramulla, surrounding many government departments located in the area.

How it works

The employees will have a buffer time from 7.30 a.m. to 9.15 a.m. to report to work.

So, if an employee reports to work at 7.30 a.m., they can leave at 3.15 pm.

If they reported to work at 9.15 a.m., the will be required to stay till 5.30 p.m.

Depending on the time, any time between those hours they report in, the employees will work their quota of eight hours and leave.

 

Perks of this project

This Pilot Project will contribute to multiple factors…;

  • The working hours for state employees will be much more flexible
  • It would in turn, increase their efficiency
  • And also reduce morning rush hour traffic –which, to be honest, is a headache for anyone working on a day job.

The future

The project will run a course of three months. Base on the success of the project, similar methods will be implemented in other major cities, said the Secretary to the Ministry of Home Affairs.

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