Assessing Your Situation for a Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA)

Determine Your Needs for Flexibility

You should be able to articulate which option best fits your individual situation. Here are some general questions:

  1. Is your job suitable for a flexible work arrangement?
  2. What type of flexibility option do you need, and why? 
  3. Do you need or want a flexible work schedule (selecting your arrival and departure times)? 
  4. Do you need the ability to vary these time on a daily basis? 
  5. Do you want to work from home?  If so, how often? 
  6. Do you want to work longer hours and have an extra day off per pay period? 
  7. Do you need to reduce your hours over the course of a week or certain times of the year?

There are many types of workplace flexibility options. Just because Emory may not offer the kind of flexibility option you need doesn't mean you can’t be the first person to pioneer it. You should take responsibility for researching and recommending the flexible work arrangement that meets your needs. 

Think About Your Work Style

Flexible work arrangements are not universally relevant to all employees. Make sure you choose an option that compliments your work style. For example, if you request to change your schedule to 7 AM to 4 PM, make sure you can reliably stick to the schedule. If there is a high degree of volatility in your morning routine (traffic, school, child care), a set arrival and departure time may not work for you. If you request to work from home, are you a self starter, able to take initiative, work independently, meet deadlines, and avoid the distractions associated with home life? It is important that you closely evaluate your work style and choose an option that compliments your style. If not, it is likely the option does not work, and it may convince your manager that you are not a great candidate for flexible work. It becomes very clear to your manager if the arrangement is not working or achieving the desired outcomes.

Think About Your Desired Option All the Way Through

There are many factors to consider for each option that are unique to each. For example, if you request teleworking, do you have the necessary equipment, space, and access to work resources? Does your home internet browser work with web-based applications? Do you have broadband access? What safeguards are in place to protect confidential or sensitive data? If you request to arrive at 7 AM and leave at 4 PM, does your child care provider open at 7 AM? Although these are fundamental questions, it is very important to think about the impact in great detail. The purpose of piloting an FWA option is to test and adjust the arrangement, if necessary.

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