Flexible Work Schedules

The basic flexible work schedule concept is a simple one. A flexible schedule splits the work day into two types of time: core time and flexible time. During core time all employees must be at work. Additional periods of
flexible time are established during which employees have the option of selecting and varying their starting and quitting time within limits set by management for the organization or installation.

The two requirements of any flexible work schedule program are:
(1)employees must be present during core time; and
(2) employees must work the number of hours for which contracted, for example, a 40-hour week in the case of a full-time employee, or a lesser number of hours for a
part-time employee. Beyond these minimal requirements, the precise working hours can be established in whatever way is consistent with accomplishment of the organization's operational needs, the wishes of the employee, and any legal or regulatory restrictions.

Five types of flexible work schedules are:

  1. Flexitour Schedule
  2. Gliding Schedule
  3. Variable Day Schedule
  4. Variable Week Schedule
  5. Maxiflex Schedule

A flexible work schedule is not simply a rearrangement of work hours, but a step away from a rigidly controlled work
environment. Flexible schedules place more responsibility on both supervisors and employees and require a greater measure of trust and confidence between the parties.

Refer to regulatory guidance on how to deal with credit hours, overtime and other premium pay provisions, compensatory time off, leave, excused absence, holidays, temporary duty, and travel when flexible work schedules are established.

Content last reviewed: 6/19/2006-FMJ

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