Flexible Work Arrangements for Employee Caregivers

Flexible work arrangements are the most frequently requested support made by working caregivers. There are different types of flexible work arrangements (FWA). All employees are eligible for a FWA, however not all jobs are conducive for all forms of FWA's. There are pros and cons associated with each arrangement; therefore, it is important to evaluate the cost and benefit of each option.


Employees who have questions about these materials or would like to schedule a consultation should contact the Emory WorkLife Resource Center at (404) 727-8000. Additional material is available on this website about Workplace Flexibility.


Flexible Scheduling

Compressed Workweek


Shift Flexibility

Reduced Work Schedule

Job Sharing




Real Life Application

Flexible Scheduling

Workday start and end times differ from the established standard (8 AM - 5 PM), yet the same number of hours-per-day is maintained

Daily Flex (9:30 AM - 6 PM)

Core Hours (required presence)

Variable Flex

Summer Flex

Day-of-the-Week Flex

An employee is able to transport their care recipient to and from weekly doctor appointments.

Compressed Workweek

Enables employees to work longer days in exchange for shorter days or day off during that week or pay period

4-day, 10 hour workweek (4-10)

*Non-exempt employees working over a 40 hour workweek will result in overtime.

An employee who has a family member that he or she shares care for overnight or for extended shifts.


Working from a remote location one or more days a week

Home office

Satellite office


An employee is able to be more helpful to their care recipient by working from home and is still able to focus on the demands required of their job.

Shift Flexibility

Allows employees to work with co-workers to adjust their schedules

Employee's ability to swap shifts

Employee is able to drop a shift and a co-worker is able to pick one up.

Example may be a shift employee who requires the ability to change their shifts in order to meet their care recipient's varying needs.

Reduced Hours

Working less than 30 hours per week

Reduce full-time employment to fit the employees' unique circumstances

Provides for gradual return from leave

Allows gradual entry into retirement

An employee requests a reduction in hours to help them meet the increasing needs of their care recipient, thus retaining their employment while he or she manages family needs.

An employee requests a gradual return to work from leave to allow both the care recipient and the employee time to adjust.

Job Sharing

Full-time position shared by two part-time employees

Alternating weeks (week on and week off)

Shared or overlapping workdays

An employee who has a job sharing partner and is in need of more time to meet the demands of their care recipient.

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