Abbreviated Schedule/Part-Time

Abbreviated schedule or part-time work is a regular arrangement consisting of a work week that is less than the standard 40 hours per week. Abbreviated schedule and part-time work can attract and retain trained and experienced staff who cannot work full-time due to personal commitments.

Clerical Staff Members: The term "part-time staff members" shall mean a staff member whose normal schedule of work is less than thirty (30) hours per week and is twenty (20) hours or more per week on a regular basis. Part-time Maintenance Grounds and Service staff members work at least 20 hours per week but no more than 25 hours per week. These staff members are eligible for benefits as outlined in applicable union contracts. During the trial period which may consist of going from a full time to a part time position, there may be a change in your benefits. Please contact Human Resources, Benefits Department, to discuss.

Salaried staff who are regularly scheduled to work at least 20 hours per week and less than 30 hours per week are considered part-time salaried staff. As with all salaried staff members, part-time professionals are paid for the job they do rather than the number of hours required to complete the job. They are not eligible for additional pay for additional hours worked. However, if a part-time professional regularly works more than the weekly scheduled hours, the work schedule and/or job expectations may need to be re-evaluated.

Advantages

  • Abbreviated or part-time staff members often manage their time well and are very productive.
  • Abbreviated and part-time staff members have more time outside of work to take care of personal responsibilities; as a result, they are often very focused on the tasks at hand during their scheduled work time
  • Abbreviated and part-time schedules may be a good arrangement for staff members doing project-oriented or independent work, or for staff members making a transition back into the work force after a leave of absence.
  • Abbreviated and part-time arrangements may help retain staff members that need more time to meet personal responsibilities but want to continue to make a contribution to the University.

Challenges

  • Although an abbreviated or part-time schedule should not be detrimental to a staff member's career development or promotion opportunities, the staff member's career development may be slowed because of limited availability for training opportunities, special projects, and the like.
  • Abbreviated or part-time schedules may present communications challenges since the staff member is not always present during regular business hours.
  • Abbreviated and part-time schedules may not be a good arrangement for staff members whose work requires continual contact with internal and/or external customers.
  • Shorter work hours mean less money in the paycheck.  During the trial period which may consist of going from a full time to a part time position, there may be a change in your benefits.  Please contact Human Resources, Benefits Department, to discuss.
  • If a FWA is agreed to, typically a staff member will be able to return to their original work arrangement.  However, this should be discussed during the approval process.