Content prepared by the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College

Workplace Flexibility 2010 defines a "flexible work arrangement" as any one of a spectrum of work structures that alters the time and/or place that work gets done on a regular basis. Flexible work arrangements vary from the standard work schedules of an organization. Since flexible schedules must meet the needs of both the employer and the employee, flexible work schedules are based on worker needs within set parameters approved by a supervisor. (41)

Flexible work arrangements include:

Flexible Work Schedules

This includes flexibility in the scheduling of hours worked, such as alternative work schedules and arrangements regarding shift and break schedules.



  • Providing work schedules with as much advance notice as possible.
  • Minimizing changes to work schedules once assigned.

Reduced Hours

Flexibility in the number of hours worked, such as:

Altenative Locations

Flexibility in the place of work, such as working at home or at a satellite location.


Results Only Work Environment (ROWE)