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Tips for Managers

The role of a supervisor or manager is critical in creating a flexible work environment.  While the operational needs of the work unit must be considered first and foremost, managers have an opportunity to consider an employee's personal issues, create an environment conducive to enhanced productivity, increase job satisfaction, and increase the retention of quality employees.  Managers and appointing authorities should consider the following when reviewing requests for flexible work schedules:

  • Can operational and customer needs continue to be met without increasing cost?
  • Type of work and size of the department or unit.
  • Establishing schedules based on customer traffic patterns.
  • Customer interactions, including how communication and customer requests will be handled in the employee's absence.
  • Consideration for departmental meetings where all staff need to be present.
  • Team structure and participation.
  • Providing coverage without undue burden on other employees.
  • Consistency when determining which staff may participate in flexible schedules.
  • Impact on employees whose positions are not appropriate for flexible work schedules.
  • Effective communication regarding attendance, work product, and when and where work must be performed.
  • Adherence to federal wage-hour regulations.


Flexible Working Arrangement Procedure
Advantages of Flexible Working Arrangements
Tips for Managers
Tips for Employees

Related Forms

Flexible Working Arrangement Agreement Form
Office Safety Checklist