Flexible Work Schedules
Alternative work schedules are rising in the workplace with more companies allowing flexible schedules for a better work-life balance for employees. Flexible work week options like flextime, compressed work weeks, and staggered shifts lessen traffic congestion dramatically, reduce stress for commuters, and improve air quality for everyone.
- Flextime—Employees work specified hours each week but are given flexibility on when they arrive to work, take lunch, and leave work. A set schedule of core hours when all employees must be present is usually established. Credit hours may also be used so that extra hours in one day, week, or pay period may be used to take off on a future day without loss of pay.
- Compressed work weeks—Employees work more hours daily than typical but work fewer days per week or pay period. Examples are 4/40 and 9/80 schedules. In 4/40 schedules, employees work four-day weeks but 10-hour days to get 40 hours. 9/80 schedules are similar where employees work eight 9-hour days and one 8-hour day, receiving the 10th day off.
- Staggered shifts—Employees arrive and depart work at different times in shifts. Shifts may be staggered anywhere from 15 minutes to two hours.
Flexible Work is not only a sustainable way to work, it also has many benefits including:
Flexible Work/Life Balance
Improve Air Quality
Better Employee Morale/Retention
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