Flexible Work Arrangements

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Flexible work arrangements can be an important means for encouraging a broader workplace strategy to reduce single occupancy vehicle trips. Flexible work arrangements can include a variety of work options:

Telework

What’s the best way to reduce gridlock, clean the air and decrease stress levels? Eliminate the commute altogether. Telework is a growing trend within many corporations and with today’s technology, employees can easily access their employer’s network and attend meetings remotely.

Compressed Work Week

Having employees work more hours over fewer days can have a big effect. It not only takes a car off the road one day per week, but it means the commuter is less likely to travel at peak periods on the days that they do drive. For example, if an employer changes the work schedule from 5 days per week 8 hours per day to 4 days per week and 10 hours per day, it can instantly cut commuting by 20%.

Flex Time and Staggered Working Hours

Life can be unpredictable and busy and the standard 9-5 shift doesn’t always work. Flexibility allows employees to change their work hours to accommodate personal commitments with the added benefit of avoiding peak traffic periods,  This saves both time and money on their commute! Having employees start and end their day at different times enables organizations to meet their business needs but reduce congestion by not having everyone arrive and leave at the same time.

Benefits:

Employers:

• A flexible workplace has the ability to attract, retain and motivate high-performing and experienced employees.
• Flexible work arrangements can save money and increase productivity through lower absenteeism, reduced real estate costs and decreased parking requirements.
• Telework can help organizations remain productive through emergencies such as flu pandemics, storms, natural disasters, transit strikes and road closures.
• By reducing greenhouse gases from commuting, offering flexible work arrangements can help your organization meet its sustainability goals.

Employees:

• Flexible workplaces enable employees to balance personal and professional obligations.
• Teleworking can improve work-life balance for employees since time spent commuting is freed up for other purposes.
• Reducing or eliminating the need to commute all together can help employees save time and money.
• It increases access to employment (e.g. rural employment, people with disabilities).

Case Studies:

City of Calgary
Telus
Sun Microsystems