The change reverses a Downtown traffic-congestion relief plan worked out by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission with city, county and state government agencies in 1990. The agreement resulted in many government employees starting their workdays earlier or later, while others have condensed schedules, such as 10-hour, four-day workweeks. The administration's directive is an effort to improve customer service by making sure that agencies are fully staffed during business hours. It's not uncommon for some state offices to be lightly staffed on Friday afternoons.It’s a novel idea, having fully staffed government offices during the day. With people actually manning state offices, maybe wait times, whether on the phone or in person, won’t bleed over into Norwegian three-hour silent documentary territory. The winners of this plan will be the great people of this great state, who will find hordes of cranky, tired, and generally forlorn state employees waiting to meet their every demand during the hustle and bustle of a rushed lunch-hour trip to the BMV or workers’ comp office. But there are plenty of victims of this new rule. Single parents who have adopted nontraditional working hours to care for children after school will now have to pony up their hard-earned dough for childcare. People who worked irregular hours to avoid traffic will now have to curse their existence with the rest of us. And what about the dude who works 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. so he can stay home in the morning and watch TBS, the sweet sound of Kelly Kapowski’s voice rousing him from his slumber just in time to catch the crazy capers of those kids at Bayside High. Everyone knows those Saved by the Bell re-runs are only good if you catch them live. – Vince Grezegorek
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