THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF WORKPLACE FLEXIBILITY
Content prepared by the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College

Workplace flexibility encompasses a wide variety of practices and policies that have evolved in response to the needs of both employers and employees. Employers need to maintain an effective and productive workforce, while employees need improved work-life balance.

Workplace flexibility practices generally fall into three basic categories: Flexible Work Arrangements, which encompass variations in work schedules; Time Off, which includes arrangements for periods away from work; and Career Flexibility, which addresses career development at various career stages. Innovative workplace flexibility models are emerging as employers continue to experiment with options that will address their particular work environments.

Flexible Work Arrangements (FWAs)Time OffCareer Flex

Flex Schedules

  • Start & End Times
  • Breaks
  • Compressed Workweeks

PREDICTABLE SCHEDULES

 

Reduced Hours

  • Part-time work
  • Job sharing
  • Phased Retirement
  • Part-Year Work

Flexibility & Place of Work

  • Telework
  • Alternative Work Sites

Results Only Work Environment (ROWE)

 

  • Short-Term
    Time Off
  • Episodic
    Time Off
  • Extended
    Time Off
  • Time Banking
  • Work in Retirement
  • Career Customizing
  • TYPES OF WORKPLACE FLEXIBILITY—