Types of Flexible Work Arrangements

Types of Flexible Work ArrangementsBenefitsChallengesIssues to Address

Flexible Work Arrangements
Flextime
  • Retains full pay and benefits
  • May cause under staffing
 
Compressed Work Week
  • Retains full pay and benefits
  • May reduce commuting time and costs
  • May enhance the use of facilities or equipment
  • May increase total staff hours
  • May not be as productive on longer day schedule
  • May cause under staffing
 
Job Share
  • Receive health coverage if employed 50% time
  • May increase breadth of skills and experience
  • May provide coverage by two during peak hours or when two projects or activities demand simultaneous attention
  • Increase health care cost if having two 50% staff persons
  • Find a compatible partner
  • Replace a partner who leaves
  • Assign and/or divide the work
  • Added effort to supervise
  • Added communication with supervisor(s), co-workers, clients
  • Reverse the arrangement
  • How to address: pay, benefits, division of responsibilities, hours of work, communication, evaluations re: job partners
  • What happens when a job-share partner leaves or if the job-share arrangement is not successful
Reduced Hours
  • May allow employer to reduce costs without losing a specific staff member
  • Loses income and some benefits
  • Needs to assign rest of the employee’s job duties
  • May cause under staffing at times
  • What work will be accomplished in the employee’s reduced hours
  • How the rest of the employee’s work will be handled
Telecommuting
  • Maintains pay and benefits
  • Saves commuting time
  • Enhanced productivity: some tasks are better done away from the office, less interruption
  • May enhance the use of facilities or equipment
  • May facilitate compliance with environmental legislation
  • May ease parking demands
  • May provide extended coverage
  • May assist employees with disabilities
  • Need to address compatibility of staff member and position to working off site.
  • Need to address communication demands between staff member, colleagues and customers
  • Requires clear understanding as to job expectations, work hours and leave notification
  • Need to address equipment needs and access/protect files
  • Requires understanding that a private work space is needed
  • How much time will be spent in the office, and when
  • What equipment is necessary and who provides it
  • How arrangement will be supervised and evaluated