Alternative Work Schedules

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Each campus and department community serves the mission in their unique way. Depending on your campus and/or department need, strategies for greater work + life well-being may include alternative work schedules. Learn about the alternative work schedule policy and options at Indiana University. 

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Alternative work arrangements offer employees the opportunity to be considered for changes to their work schedules and/or locations. This supports employees' efforts to balance the need to be productive at work with the demands of their personal lives. This flexibility also offers managers options whereby productivity can be increased and cost savings realized.

  • Paid Time Off

    There are times when you need to unplug and re-prioritize your life or just take a break. Paid Time Off (PTO) benefits provide time off for vacation, sick leave, funeral attendance, and other absences from work.  

    Paid Time Off Program for Support and Service Staff

    Paid Time Off Program for Professional Staff

    Vacation Policy for Academic Appointees 

  • Telecommuting

    Telecommuting is when work is completed from a remote location, outside the traditional office or workplace setting. Today's technology provides the opportunity for some to perform their work remotely, instead of physically commuting.

    Learn more  

    Suitable Work Elements for Telecommuting

    Not all positions are conducive for telecommuting. Some positions (e.g. office managers, onsite customer service, receptionists, etc.) require an onsite presence. In this case, telecommuting is not appropriate. However, there are some positions that allow for opportunities to telecommute. 

    Suitable work elements for telecommuting include, but are not limited to the following:

    1. Does not require face to face meetings.
    2. Does not require access by drop-in clients.
    3. Can be performed independently.
    4. Does not inconvenience co-workers or customers.
    5. Should not require more time for completion away from the regular work setting.

    It is at the discretion of each department to determine if an alternative work schedule option is suitable for the unit's operational needs.

  • Flextime

    Flextime is a manager-approved arrangement that offers flexibility in arrival, departure and/or lunchtimes, often with a designated core-time work designation. Flextime is the most requested and easiest to manage alternative work schedule. It can be fixed or variable, full-time or part-time. A set number of hours may still be required, but when those hours are worked can be flexible.  

    It is at the discretion of each department to determine if an alternative work schedule option is suitable for the unit's operational needs.

  • Compressed Work Schedules

    A compressed work schedule is working the standard 40-hour workweek in fewer than five full days. Examples include: working four ten-hour days or four nine-hour days and one four-hour day.

    It is at the discretion of each department to determine if an alternative work schedule option is suitable for the unit's operational needs.

  • Part-time

    Part-time is any FTE below 75%. If the part-time position is appointed, the FTE is between 50% and 74%. Anything below 50% FTE is classified as Temporary. When an employee is going from full-time to appointed part-time, it is important that the job is restructured to prevent overload and isolation. Although the position is part-time, a budget for full-time benefits is needed.

    It is at the discretion of each department to determine if an alternative work schedule option is suitable for the unit's operational needs.
  • Job Sharing

    Job sharing is when two staff members share the responsibilities of one full-time position, with a prorated salary, benefits (as applicable) and paid time off depending on the percentage of time worked and if the position is appointed. Please contact your HR Business Partner for more details.

    Creative and innovative schedules can be designed to meet the needs of the job sharers and the department. The person who wishes to job share must find his/her own partner, preferably from within the organization, but normal posting/affirmative action processes need to be considered.

    It is at the discretion of each department to determine if an alternative work schedule option is suitable for the unit's operational needs.
For more information about alternative work schedules contact Healthy IU | Work Life Coordinator.