Alternative Work Arrangements

Many alternative work arrangements are being embraced by employers as a means to reduce costs and provide flexibility to employees. Some popular alternative work arrangements include:


Recent technological advances have fuelled the rise of teleworking, which permits employees to occasionally or frequently work from their homes or other satellite locations, by using telecommunication links to replace their daily commutes. Teleworking provides flexibility to employees and can reduce requirements for office space and parking at the base office location.

Compressed work week

A compressed work week is the reduction in the number of days worked by an employee in a biweekly or monthly pay period. The employer increases the number of hours the employee works per day, so that the standard number of hours are still obtained, but in fewer days. The arrangement permits some variation from the established standard daily hours and days worked.

Flex hours

Flexible working hours allow employees to work the standard number of hours on a daily basis, with a flexible start, lunch and finish times. Typically, core hours are established, during which the organization shall be fully staffed. Outside of those hours, employees are given a degree of flexibility in order to accommodate their demands outside of work, such as picking up children from school or attending appointments.