10 Types of Flexible Work Arrangements

Flexible work arrangements have become the most sought benefit at the workplace. Post pandemic, employees are seeking a healthy work-life balance. Employers should embrace this new normal and offer as much flexibility as possible, which is the key to attracting and retaining top talent candidates. In this article, the recruitment team at GCS Malta list 10 flexible work arrangements.

  1. Hybrid work

Hybrid work allows employees to work from the office, home or off-site. While different companies decide on a hybrid model that works best for them, the aim is to provide a variety of work arrangements tailored to each employee’s needs. For example, some companies opt to enforce a set number of hours/days an employee can work from home, while others leave it entirely up to their employees. In any case, it is crucial to have flexible work arrangements to attract and retain top talent.

  1. Remote work

Remote work allows employees to work away from the office, rendering the employee’s physical location insignificant. In addition, implementing this flexible work arrangement will enable you to recruit top talent candidates from anywhere in the world since remote workers are not required to attend team-building sessions or physical meetings but rather perform their tasks through video conferencing software.

  1. Telecommuting

Although companies use the terms remote work and telecommuting interchangeably, they differ regarding the required physical attendance in the workplace. While remote workers can work worldwide, telecommuters still need to report to the workplace for particular meetings or training sessions.

  1. Hoteling

Similar to remote work and telecommuting in allowing workers to work outside the office, employees who opt for the hoteling work arrangement prefer to work in a separate co-working space rather than the conventional office space.

  1. Snowbird programs

Snowbird programs are another alternative work arrangement popular with retired workers. Employers allow them to move away in the winter and return to work only during the warm spring and summer months. With today’s move to remote work due to the advancement of technology and the pandemic, becoming a snowbird has never been easier.

  1. Condensed workweek

In this work arrangement, employees still work the standard full-time working hours, but the hours are condensed into fewer days. This results in employees having an extra day off or two additional days off per month. While some employees prefer a 3-day weekend, others will opt to break up their work week and take the day off during the week.

  1. Four-day week

Similarly to a condensed workweek arrangement, a four-day week allows employees to condense their work hours, allowing them to have a three-day weekend. Contrastingly to a condensed work week, with a 4-day week arrangement, every company will have set working days rather than allowing employees to pick their extra day off according to their wishes.

  1. Flextime

With this work arrangement, employees can choose the hours they clock in and out of work, as long as they work the required contracted hours. Moreover, companies sometimes allow workers to transfer work hours to another day, as long as the weekly/monthly number of required hours is met.

  1. Job Sharing

Job sharing is when two employees are employed part-time to fill one role. This allows employees to have greater flexibility for other commitments. Therefore, work does not come to a halt when one employee is on leave.

  1. Extra Paid Time Off (PTO)

A great way to show appreciation towards your high-performing employees is by increasing their paid time off. In addition, some companies have also implemented unlimited vacation time.

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Article by Sarah Jane Gauci