Flexible work arrangements are part of a modern work environment. Ohio State University currently has a flexible work policy (6.12) that allows employees to propose a flexible work arrangement that meets their personal needs and the needs of their employing unit. Colleges and units across campus have successfully navigated integrating flexible work into their workplace culture. Workplace flexibility provides a way to successfully manage people, time, space, and workload and helps recruit and retain our valuable employees. Studies have shown that flexible work arrangements can improve productivity, employee engagement and work-life balance. University Staff Advisory Committee (USAC) has partnered with the President and Provost’s Council on Women (PPCW) to create a “Flex Work Toolkit” to provide valuable resources that managers and employees across the University and the Medical Center can utilize when discussing flexible work arrangements. Examples of “flex work,” include, but are not limited to, the following arrangements:
- A telework agreement or remote work agreement is used when some or all work hours are completed at the individual’s home or other alternative remote environment. Employees are expected to maintain their regular work schedule as if they were working from their primary assigned working location.
- A flexible work agreement is used when an employee has requested a workplace or schedule modification. Examples include working four 10-hour days or changing standard hours in order to take a class.
- A job share arrangement is used to allow two employees to work part-time to create a full-time job, sharing job responsibilities.
- Flexible Work Awareness Overview
- Flexible Work Arrangement Proposal
- Flex Work Scenarios
- Flexible Work Info Sheet
- How to Have a Conversation with your Manager about Flexible Work
Examples of Flexible Work Arrangements at Ohio State University
- Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE)
- The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center – Information Technology Department