UK Workplace Flexibility Resources
- Flex Options at UK This PowerPoint outlines the flexible work options that UK offers.
- Flexibility Toolkit - Making the Business Case for Flexibility This 62 page toolkit contains information for managers and employees as well as sample flexibility guidelines.
- FWA Final Report from the University of Kentucky FWA Committee
- University of Kentucky FWA Guidelines
- FWA Employee Self-Test Are you ready for FWA? Review this checklist and find out.
- Sample FWA Letter of Understanding (from Supervisor)
- Sample FWA Letter of Understanding (from Employee)
- Reduced Seasonal Hours Guidelines
- 2012-2013 UK Employee Benefits (pdf)
- HR Policies
- iWin Workplace Flexibility Supervisor Study
What is Workplace Flexibility?
Workplace flexibility refers to the provision of a variety of flexible work options that enable greater customization over when, where, and how work gets done.
At the University of Kentucky, several flexible work options are possible; however the implementation of these options depends on the job requirements, employee performance, and the approval of the supervisor/manager.
If you are interested in proposing and/or using a flexible work option and would like a consultation, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Flextime—Schedules that permit employees to choose their starting and quitting times within limits set by management. The flexible work periods are usually in the morning or late afternoon, and work around “core hours” when all employees must be present.
- Telecommuting—Working at home or at satellite offices on a regular schedule. It is more common to work at home two or three days per week, with the remaining time in the office, although there are examples of employees who telecommute full time.
- Compressed workweek—A standard workweek compressed into fewer than five days (e.g. “4 10’s” –four days at ten hours; fifth day off).
- Part-time schedule—Regular working hours at a percentage of full time, with salary and benefits pro-rated.
- Phased Retirement—Workers who are able to reduce their hours once they become eligible for retirement, to “phase in” their retirement on a specified timeline over the course of a few months or years. This is currently available for both staff and faculty.
- Phased Return from Leave—With the agreement of the supervisor, the employee may reduce his/her hours, with a corresponding reduction in compensation. Usually this is for a specific period of time (for example, when an employee returns to work after taking family medical leave for childbirth and/or adoption.)
Why Are Flexible Work Options Important Now?
Flexible work options correspond to significant changes at work and home during the past few decades. Examples of these changes are:
- Women with young children are the fastest growing segment of the work force
- Men are more involved in family and home care responsibilities
- 85% of all workers have family care responsibilities
- Our society is aging. 25% of all workers have elder care responsibilities.
- More focus is being placed on work and personal goals and responsibilities.