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BROOKLINE – City Administrator Mel Kleckner would like to inform you that the City of Brookline started its pilot program “Work from Home (WFH)” for City Hall employees earlier this month.

The program began on Tuesday, September 7th and will continue for three months when reassessed and possibly modified. The program aims to both alleviate long-standing problems with a lack of space in the town hall and to help curb the spread of COVID-19. The city hopes that the program will eventually serve as a tool to support employee recruitment and retention.

“This pilot program will give the city an insight into whether or not it is possible to work from home even after the pandemic,” said City Councilor Kleckner. “Space has long been an issue at City Hall and we hope this will help resolve the issue while addressing concerns about COVID-19.”

As part of the program, employees have the opportunity to work from home up to three days a week. The employees worked together with their superiors to develop agreed home office plans. 86 employees from 13 departments take part.

The city plans to measure the program’s potential environmental impact resulting from changing commuter habits. At the end of the three-month trial, the city will issue a survey to evaluate participants’ means of transport to work during the program. The results will be compared with a study on traffic demand management carried out by the city in 2019.

In addition, residents are reminded that the concierge desk in the town hall is manned during business hours. Residents should continue to schedule appointments to meet with specific departments by clicking here. The contact details of the individual departments can be found in the city’s online directory.