Seattle launches survey to study livable work schedules

SEATTLE -- City leaders say they need the public's help as they consider regulating what’s called livable work schedules. A survey targeting shift workers and managers could be key in drafting possible legislation that would affect business owners and employees throughout Seattle.

The survey asks certain questions about how workers are treated when it comes to scheduling work hours.

“What we’re trying to do is create a sense of what’s the situation on the ground in Seattle," said David Mendoza, a senior advisor to Mayor Ed Murray.

The City of Seattle has hired a University of Washington professor to conduct the survey. More than 500 employees and more than 300 shift managers have already taken part, according to Mendoza.

The survey will help city leaders gauge the current mood and morale when it comes to shift work in Seattle. City officials say they want to know just how often employees might be asked to close a business one night and be asked to open the next day early in the morning. Other concerns include sporadic hours and split shifts.

Business concerns include government influence and regulation. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. It is offered in several different languages and is available online until June 5.

Mayor Murray's staff says their boss will convene a group of business stakeholders and worker advocates to address concerns after reviewing survey results.

Copyright 2016 KING


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