Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA)


Flextime is a variable work schedule, in contrast to traditional work arrangements requiring staff members to work a standard 8am to 5pm day.  Flextime usually involves alteration of the start or end time of the work day.  Flextime is the easiest to manage and the most cost effective flexible work option. It offers flexibility in arrival, departure and/or meal times, typically within normal business hours. 

Advantages and Challenges

Advantages Challenges

Most flextime arrangements involve slight variations in the staff member's normal schedule. As a result, they are among the easiest flexible work arrangements to manage.

Loosely structured flextime arrangements may present several challenges, including
• adequate department coverage and customer service, and
• ability to monitor overtime for hourly staff members.
Staggering the beginning and ending times of staff members in a particular department can improve work area coverage and extend the hours of service to internal and external customers. In areas where several staff members work flextime schedules, it may be a challenge to coordinate staff members' schedules for adequate department coverage and customer service.
Flexibility and variety of hours worked can vary commute times. It may be a challenge to sustain morale among staff members who do not have the opportunity to work a flexible work arrangement but see others who work FWAs.
Allows staff members to schedule work around their needs.
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. 

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