Alternative Work Schedules

If you are an employee and interested in following an alternative work schedule, speak with your supervisor about which schedule you prefer and how you would integrate it into your professional responsibilities. If you are an employer, and you are interested in implementing alternative work schedules at your workplace, please contact Commute Solutions to find out more information. 

Telecommuting


Telecommuting is the act of working from one’s home while linked to his or her employer through the telephone and/or computer. Telecommuting saves employees the time and stress of a normal commute in traffic, as well as gasoline money and wear and tear on their cars. Working from home also reduces office distractions and may improve employee productivity and morale. 

Flextime


Flextime is the practice of allowing employees to set an alternate work schedule (e.g., 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. or 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.). Such scheduling is often used to accommodate family or other employee needs such as class times. The improved morale it often brings can improve employee productivity. Flextime also reduces traffic congestion, which helps improve air quality as cars are not idling bumper-to-bumper in rush hour traffic. This in turn provides added benefits to the employee by reducing commuting times, money spent on gasoline, and the stresses associated with heavy traffic. 

Compressed Work Week


A compressed work week is one in which an employee works the regular number of hours in a week (e.g., 40 hours) in fewer than normal days (e.g., four instead of five days). This type of scheduling, like flextime, is often used to accommodate family or other employee needs. As with flextime, the improved morale a compressed work week often brings can improve employee productivity. A compressed work week also reduces traffic congestion, which helps improve air quality as cars are not idling bumper-to-bumper in rush hour traffic. This in turn provides added benefits to the employee of reducing commuting times, money spent on gasoline, and the stresses associated with heavy traffic.