Resource 2 - Flexible working options

This is an overview of some of the more common types of flexible working. Most of these can be combined e.g. a person working part time may also vary the hours they work on any given day or work some days remotely.

Flexi-time

Options that allow employees to vary their work hours or days either on a regular basis or from time to time

  • Flexible start and finish times i.e. variable start and/or finish times are worked on a regular or as-needs basis
  • Swapping workdays or hours with non-work hours or days
  • Part-time hours
  • Compressed week or fortnight e. f/t employees work longer days over a 4-day week or 9-day fortnight
  • Flexible shifts – full time or part time
  • Fixed shifts –full time or part time
  • Combination of fixed shifts and flexible shifts - full time or part time

Flexi-leave

Options that allow employees to vary their leave patterns to create more flexibility

  • Leave without pay
  • Trading leave for salary
  • Term-time working e. working during school terms and taking leave during holidays
  • Other types of leave e.g. study leave, special leave

Flexi-place

Options that allow employees to work from locations other than their designated workplace

  • Remote working e.g. working from another office or from home, regularly or from time-to-time
  • Remote working – part time
  • Remote working – full time

Flexi-role/career

Options that allow employees to manage their roles and careers more flexibly

  • Phased return to work i.e. employees gradually increase their hours on returning from long-term leave
  • Phased retirement i.e. employees gradually reduce their hours as they approach retirement
  • Seasonal working i.e. to cover busy periods
  • Job sharing i.e. splitting a role with another employee
  • Taking career breaks

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