Flexible Hours

A flexible work schedule could be flexible workday or a compressed workweek. Both options are only for members who cannot work remote and the number of hours will be the same as their normal weekly workweek.

Flexible Workday

A flexible workday can have a regularly scheduled start and end time with the same number of hours. For example, in some departments, workers may stagger their hours in order to cover extended hours of operation.

Another version of a flexible workday is a split schedule where the hours are split into two or more periods. We have seen this implemented where a member came in at 8:00 a.m., took 30 minute lunch at 12:30 p.m. then returned from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. to finish her work day. So she completed 7.5 hours per day; 37.5 hours per week, but was able to take care of early afternoon responsibilities.

Compressed Workweek

A “4&1” compressed workweek could consist of a 37.5-hour per week position working four 9.38 hour days per week. Alternatively, a “9&1” compressed workweek could consist of 9 8.33 days per consecutive workweeks. Either option would offer members a day per week or every other week flexibility in exchange for longer workdays.

Comparable breakdowns of hours are calculated for workers on 35 or 40-hour per week schedules. In any scenario, members must still take a meal break of 30 minutes.

This illustrates the advantage of having university policies in the contract. The formalization of the terms and conditions expanding flexible workplace arrangements illustrates that agreements can be reached in many workplaces across the university.