For immediate release
BROOKLINE – Town Administrator Mel Kleckner wishes to share that the Town of Brookline began its Work from Home (WFH) Pilot Program for Town Hall employees earlier this month.
The program began Tuesday, Sept. 7 and will continue for three months, when it will be reevaluated and potentially modified. The program aims to both alleviate longstanding space constraint issues in Town Hall, as well as to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The town hopes that the program will eventually serve as a tool to help employee recruitment and retention.
“This pilot program will provide the town with insight into whether or not work from home options are feasible going forward, even after the pandemic,” said Town Administrator Kleckner. “Space has been an issue at Town Hall for a long time, and it is our hope that this will help remedy the problem, while also addressing COVID-19 concerns.”
As part of the program, employees have the option to work from home up to three days per week. Employees developed mutually agreed-upon work-from-home plans with their supervisors. Eighty-six employees from 13 departments are participating.
The town plans to measure the potential environmental impact of the program resulting from changing commuting habits. At the end of the three-month trial, the town will issue a survey to assess participants’ modes of transportation to work during the program. The results will be compared to a transportation demand management study conducted by the Town in 2019.
Additionally, residents are reminded that the concierge desk at Town Hall is staffed during business hours. Residents should continue to schedule appointments to meet with specific departments by clicking here. To find contact information for individual departments, visit the town’s online directory.