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Employee Alternative Work Schedules. Candace C. Baker Clean Air Partners Program Manager. Why alternative work schedules?. To support air quality goals of: Reduced vehicle miles traveled (VMTs) Reduced VMTs during rush hour To support employee satisfaction and retention

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employee alternative work schedules

Employee Alternative Work Schedules

Candace C. Baker

Clean Air Partners

Program Manager

why alternative work schedules
Why alternative work schedules?
  • To support air quality goals of:
    • Reduced vehicle miles traveled (VMTs)
    • Reduced VMTs during rush hour
  • To support employee satisfaction and retention
    • Provide work / family balance
    • Reduce employee work-related expenses
alternative schedule options
Alternative Schedule Options
  • Flexible work schedule / Flex time
  • Compressed work week
  • Teleworking
flex schedules
Flex Schedules
  • Allows employees to adjust schedules to avoid rush hour travel
  • May vary from employee to employee
    • Example: M-F 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Example: M-F 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Best Employee Fit:
    • Those not tied to specific service schedule
      • Example: Required on-site customer service hours
flex schedule pros cons
Flex Schedule Pros & Cons
  • Benefits
    • Reduces peak time travel
    • Workplace coverage over greater time span
    • Flexibility for employees
  • Constraints
    • Must be designed to meet employer’s needs
    • Potential supervision issues for employees and supervisor on different schedules
compressed work weeks
Compressed Work Weeks
  • Allow employees to work fewer days with same number of hours
    • Example: 10 hour days, 4 days per week
    • Example: 9 hours days, 9 days in 2 weeks
  • Best Employee Fit
    • Daily presence not required; has routine or long term projects
    • Work coverage on those days off is available from other employees
compressed work week pros cons
Compressed Work Week Pros & Cons
  • Benefits
    • Reduced vehicle miles traveled
    • Workplace coverage over greater time span
    • Flexibility for employees
  • Constraints
    • Must be designed to meet employer’s needs
    • 9-9 schedule creates overtime costs for non-salary employees
telework features
Telework features
  • Allows employees to work at home or a nearby satellite office, connected via phone and computer, one or more days per week
  • Best Employee Fit:
    • Self-starters, good performers
    • Performance managed more by reviewing results, not process
    • PC-focused positions (e.g. auditing, accounting, data entry, program development, etc.)
telework pros cons
Telework Pros & Cons
  • Benefits
    • Reduced VMTs from eliminated commute trips
    • Workplace coverage over greater time span
    • Flexibility for employees
    • Telework set-up allows access to do work outside regular work hours, if needed
  • Constraints
    • Technology issues - requires home equipment & software needs, costs and maintenance
    • Should not be a substitute for child/elder care
    • Limited employee coordination, access, & supervision
combine strategies
Combine Strategies
  • Telework during peak hour traffic and commute to work during the non-peak, if/when necessary
  • Allow teleworking during compressed work weeks, if/when appropriate
strategies that work
Strategies that work
  • Set and communicate goals
  • Provide resources
  • Pilot projects to role model desired behavior
  • Communicate to employees and supervisors
  • Track results
resources and contact information
Resources and Contact Information
  • Candace Baker, Program Manager
    • Candace@cleanairforce.org
    • 512.350.6581
    • www.cleanairpartnerstx.org
  • GoToMyPC.com and similar telework access providers