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Types of Flexible Work Arrangements

Flextime

Flextime is the most requested, easiest to manage and most affordable type of FWA. Flextime offers flexibility in arrival, departure and/or lunch times, typically with a designated core time during the day which all staff are present. Flextime does not alter the total number of hours worked in a week. Employees can propose an arrival and departure time, for a total of eight hours of work per day. For example:

  • 7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (with a half-hour lunch)
  • 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday (with an hour lunch)

Compressed Work Week

This option allows employees to work a 40-hour work week in less than the traditional 8-hour day, 5-day work week. For example:

  • An employee works four 10-hour days
  • An employee works four 9-hour days and a half day on Friday

Job Sharing

Job sharing is a work arrangement in which two people work part-time and share the responsibilities of one full-time job. For example:

  • Half or split days, e.g., one employee works in the morning and the other employee works in the afternoon
  • Half or split weeks e.g., one employee works the first 2.5 days (Monday to Wednesday morning) and the other employee works the remaining 2.5 days (Wednesday afternoon to Friday)

Telecommuting

Telecommuting is a work arrangement in which an employee carries out all or some of the duties of the job at home or another alternate work location. While most positions at the University require staff to report to University locations, some employees can accomplish the duties of their jobs while working off-campus. For example:

  • An employee works in the office Monday-Thursday and telecommutes from a home office on Friday
  • An employee works in the office 6:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and telecommutes from a home office for two hours each afternoon.

Reduced-Time/Part-Time

A part-time working arrangement means working fewer than 40 hours per week. Salary is prorated for the actual number of hours worked. Eligibility for benefits, vacation, and sick leave may be affected. For example:

  • An employee on a 50% time appointment works Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • An employee on a 75% time appointment works Monday-Wednesday from 6:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.