Alternative Work Schedules are flexible work options that an organization sets up so that full-time, permanent, and/or exempt employees can work the hours they are required in a non-traditional manner. A flexible work schedule can be a strategic tool when implemented effectively, leading to a more loyal, dedicated, and motivated staff.
An employer that institutes alternative work schedules should also benefit from the arrangement, whether through higher employee retention or a decrease in overhead costs. The organization’s alternative work policies should delineate what types of leave and schedules are acceptable, and which ones are not. Types of alternative schedules include: flexible leave, parental leave, flex-time, job sharing, compressed work week, part-time employment, telecommuting, phased retirement, and compensatory time.