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Flexibility in work arrangements allows for a productive work environment that is responsive to the professional and personal needs of today's workforce. Work arrangements may include Flextime, Compressed Work Week, Remote Work, Reduced Work Week/Part-time, and Job Sharing.

Types of arrangements

A flexible schedule, or flextime, does not reduce the number of hours or total effort worked in a given work week by an employee.

The university defines the “work week” as Sunday through Saturday for purposes of calculating overtime wages for non-exempt staff, unless a collective bargaining agreement indicates otherwise.

Flexible schedule refers to practices such as:

  • Individualized start and end times that remain constant each work day
  • Individualized start and end times that vary daily, however, the same number of hours are worked every day
  • Individualized start and end times with varied daily hours but consistency in the total number of hours worked every work week
  • Mandatory core-time with individualized start and end times with varied daily hours but consistency in the total number of hours worked every work week
  • Extended meal times offset by additional hours at the beginning and/or end of the day or shift

A Compressed Work Week allows staff members to work full time hours in less than a 5-day work week. 

Compressed work week refers to practices such as:

  • A full work week that is condensed into fewer than five days
  • Two full-time work weeks compressed into nine or nine and one-half days.

Remote work refers to the practice of fulfilling some or all of the employee's work/job responsibilities at an alternative work site on a regular basis. A combination of remote work and on-campus work may be referred to as hybrid work.  Remote work arrangements outside the State of Iowa will be based on compelling business reasons.

Reduced Hours or Work Week refers to the practice of decreasing the number of regular hours worked to less than a full-time position. Reducing hours worked may affect salary, benefit levels, and accrual rates of vacation, sick, and holiday leave.

Job sharing refers to the practice in which two staff members share the responsibility of one full-time position. Job responsibilities/tasks and hours may be split evenly or unevenly between the two individuals. Reducing hours worked may affect salary, benefit levels, and accrual rates of vacation, sick, and holiday leave.

Benefits of a Flexible Work Arrangement

The success of a specific work arrangement lies in it being mutually beneficial for the unit and the employee established on a case-by-case basis. The University recognizes many valid reasons why an employee may request a specific work arrangement, including, but not limited to: 

Benefits of a Flexible Work Arrangement

  • Professional development 
  • Community activities
  • Family responsibilities
  • Individual work habits and style
  • Health and well-being