7 Types of flexible work schedules to try at your office

by Jacqueline Klaus
16 April 2021
Flexible work can come in all shapes and sizes - and believe it or not, you can improve your workforce and hire and attract some of the best talent in the market! Read more to find out the facts behind providing flexible work options and how to do it!

What is flexible work?

Flexible work is just that – it is providing opportunities for your employees to work outside of the traditional 9am to 5pm workday and from any location your employee chooses.

What are the benefits of flexible work for employers in Canada?

Flexible work empowers employees. It allows them to work on their time to meet the needs of your organization and in turn, they can set a schedule that works best for them and your customers. 

Empowered employees mean higher productivity and better results. In fact, according to a Statistics Canada Study, a flexible workplace is associated with a higher level of satisfaction. 

What are the benefits of flexible work for candidates in Canada?

The benefits of flexible work for candidates in Canada is pretty simple – it allows candidates to find the right fit for their life. We’ve said it before, mothers and caregivers are one of the most over-skilled, over-educated, overlooked and untapped segment of the candidate market. 

It’s become so important in today’s workforce for candidates to find what works for them, that it’s also become part of the Canadian Government’s priorities for candidates which you can read about by clicking the button below.

Types of Flexible Work

Flexible work can look different from employer to employer. It can mean time in the office and time at home, modified work hours, different types of employees – some who work part-time or others hourly, and different types of compensation. We work with our employers to find solutions that fit both candidate and employer preferences.

Here are some different terms used to describe flexible work:

  •  CORE HOURS – a period of time when employees must be at work despite flexible time, For example 9 – 2.
  • JOB SHARE – creating two positions to fill  one full-time position with either two part-time positions or reduced time to fulfill the requirements of the role.
  • PART TIME- a reduced work week typically less than 30 hours a week, with hours determined by the employer
  • COMPRESSED WORK WEEK – a full-time position where the employee works longer hours to therefore work less work days in a week.
  • TELECOMMUTING & REMOTE WORK – Telecommuting work can (sometimes) have the employee working in the office but also remotely; remote work suggests that the employee  works out of a remote location.
  • PIECE WORK – pay per task etc. – When an employee is paid based on the work that is completed
  • CUSTOMIZED SCHEDULES- the allowance of setting a customized amount of hours and days to fulfill a task or role within a specific hours and days.

Flexible Work, Works!

Ready to adapt one of the above? We can help with that! We specialize in redesigning jobs that help you find the best talent available and in helping you work with your current employees to adapt to find the best work-life balance to optimize your workforce. Interested in learning more?