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Getting around Calgary: flextime and compressed work week

Flextime is as simple as it sounds. It means allowing employees to shift their schedules by an hour or so. They still work the same number of hours but take advantage of public transportation and carpooling during non-peak times of day helping to reducing traffic congestion. Flextime also helps those employees who have family commitments such as childcare or other personal appointments more easily balance work and life.

Some people work a compressed work week which means working the same number of hours in fewer days. This can reduce the need for parking space and office space and employees can reduce the number of commuter trips by 10 to 20 per cent.

Try these tips for implementing flextime or a compressed work week in your workplace:

  • Check your employee handbook or talk to your employer about policies or programs already in place for flextime or a compressed work week.
  • Discuss the option of flextime or a compressed work week with your employer to ensure rearranged hours meet business needs.
  • Share your new schedule with supervisors, colleagues and clients so you can stay in contact and manage your schedule.