Flexible Working Schedule
Let’s start with the most common one: Flexible Working Schedule. Most companies, at one time or another have allowed a worker to perform part or all of their job function at a different location, such as another branch office, while traveling on business, taking work home at night, etc. Often when someone goes home to be with a sick child, they often say, “I’ll be working from home"or “I’ll work on this at home and bring it in tomorrow." This, even if not a regular happening, is a flexible schedule. Many companies will never formalize this option, but merely make it available on an as needed basis. Other companies, due to their size, the industry, or the type of workers they employ, offer some employees remote access or dial in access to the network. This provides more opportunities for other workers to take advantage of a more flexible schedule. As companies grow used to the idea, they may offer this as a non-published benefit to workers as requested. In esscence, flexible schedules are the most common, and allow workers to work from remote sites (home, airport, a closer office) on a part time, or sporadic basis. There are usually no formal programs, no agreements, and no contracts. However, there may be a policy for working off-site, remote access, VPN or network security access.