Flexible Work Arrangement - Gail Williams
Staff Support Associate II
STEPS - Human Resources
In addition to working 37.5 hours a week in the employment office, Gail Williams is the primary caregiver of her 94 year-old mother. Gail works the front desk of the temporary employment office, which is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. “Normally I wouldn’t mind working a regular work week, but my mother’s care needs have increased,” noted Gail. In order to accommodate her 37.5 hour work week and mother’s care, Gail needed a more flexible schedule. She talked to her supervisor and co-workers about her situation. “Working the front desk and payroll every other week, having that coverage, we decided that Tuesday of every week was more of a neutral day – a day where it was a little slower because we weren’t working with payroll and billing on the front end and back end of each week,” she said.
Gail’s supervisor added, “We needed to have the front desk staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There was a lot of work involved there, but we also needed to have that position match that 37.5 hour a week position. So, it worked out from the business end to have Gail leave one afternoon a week. It’s also been a great way to retain her. Gail can pay more attention to the work and not have to worry about what’s going on at home, because she’s got that covered with Tuesday afternoons off.”
“I also live in southern Jessamine county and have a long commute,” stated Gail. “Leaving Tuesday afternoons has worked out really well because it gives me time to do errands on the way home and other things that can’t be done after 5:00 every day, such as taking Mom to her doctors’ appointments in the afternoon. This schedule is very compatible for me to take care of some family needs.”