Flexible Work Arrangements

There are ways to reduce gridlock, clean the air and decrease stress levels simply by arranging a more flexible work schedule for employees.

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.

If carefully implemented, flexible work hours can have a dramatic effect on the morning and evening peak commute periods by:

  • Helping to ease congestion
  • Reducing the number of commuters on the road
  • Helping traffic flow
  • Decreasing idling time

Cutting down commute trips also has the added benefit of a reduced work week for employees.


Telework is a shared benefit to both the employer and the employee, and is a growing trend within many corporations.

Employees are able to work from home by connecting to their employer’s computer network. 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.


Environmental concerns can be strong drivers for teleworking. However, other equally important reasons may be even more compelling for an employer in considering a telework option.

For Employers:

  • Recruitment tool– telework can attract high quality employees to your organization.
  • Larger selection– it allows employers to draw from a larger pool of potential candidates.
  • Happier workers – it can result in increased levels of employee satisfaction.
  • Save money – less office space and parking space is required for each employee.
  • Remain productive – be productive in spite of emergencies such as flu pandemics, storms, natural disasters, transit strikes and road closures.
  • Environmental benefits – by reducing greenhouse gases from commuting, telework can help your organization meet its sustainability goals.

Teleworking also provides a number of benefits to employees.

For Employees:

  • Flexibility – it 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.
  • Available time – teleworking can improve work-life balance for employees since time spent commuting are freed up for other purposes.
  • Save money – by reducing or eliminating the need to commute all together.
  • More opportunities – it increases access to employment (e.g. rural employment, people with disabilities).

Case Studies

City of Calgary

Sun Microsystems