Flexible Work Arrangements

Flexible work hours

Flexible work hours can include a range of work options such as compressed work weeks, earned days off, flex time, staggered work hours, and reduced work hours. They are an important means for encouraging a broader workplace strategy to reduce single occupancy vehicle trips.

If carefully implemented flexible work hours can have a dramatic effect on the morning and evening peak commute periods. For example, if an employer changes the work schedule from 5 days per week and 8 hours per day to 4 days per week and 10 hours per day, it can instantly cut commuting by 20%.

Flexible work hours don’t necessarily reduce the volume of vehicle kilometres travelled, however it does help ease congestion and reduce the number of commuters on the road in the peak travel times, which can help traffic flow and reduce idling time. And it provides a four-day work-week option that many employees dream of! Flexible work hours can be part of a comprehensive workplace trip reduction strategy and a benefit to both employers and employees in many of the same ways that telework is a benefit.

Telework

What’s the best way to reduce gridlock, clean the air and decrease stress levels? Eliminate your commute altogether.

Telework is a shared benefit to both the employer and the employee. Employers save money on parking facilities, office space, equipment and training. Employees are more efficient and save money thanks to a reduction in commute time, and they obtain a better life-work balance.

Telework is a growing trend within many corporations. Employees are able to work from home by connecting to their employer’s computer system. The employee’s work files and e-mail are usually available ensuring that they are never out of the corporate loop. Meetings are also conducted remotely through conference calls and web conferencing.

Environmental concerns, including providing commute options, can be strong drivers for teleworking. However, other equally important reasons such as improving business efficiency, reducing costs, meeting customer needs, worker retention or emergency preparedness, may be even more compelling for an employer in considering a telework option.

What is telework?

Telework is the use of technology/telecommunications to change the location of where work is performed. Telework can involve working from home or from a satellite office or a telework centre closer to home. As a commuting option, telework can have a significant impact on trip reduction, sometimes removing the need to travel for work at all. Telework has been found to result in improvements to employee job satisfaction because of increased work-life balance and savings to the employer for less absenteeism, improved productivity.

Advantages

For employers:
  • Telework can be a powerful employee recruitment attracting high quality employees to your organization.
  • It allows employers to draw from a larger pool of potential candidates.
  • It can result in increased levels of employee satisfaction.
  • Telework SAVES MONEY. Less office space and parking space is required for each employee.
  • Telework can help organizations be productive through emergencies such as flu pandemics, storms, natural disasters, transit strikes and road closures.
  • By reducing Green House Gases from commuting, telework can help your organization meet its sustainability goals.
For employees:
  • Telework may offer increased schedule flexibility such as multitasking personal and professional obligations, working varying schedules (i.e. very early or late days, weekends), easing childcare needs, etc.
  • Teleworking can improve work-life balance for employees since time spent commuting are freed up for other purposes.
  • Telework can SAVE MONEY by reducing or eliminating the need to commute all together.
  • It increases access to employment (e.g. rural employment, people with disabilities).

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