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Flexible Work Arrangements

UC San Diego offers a variety of flexible work arrangements, depending on the needs of the workplace and the individuals doing the work.

Flexible work arrangements are work schedules other than the traditional 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. A variety of arrangements are described below.


Flexible work arrangements can include:

  • Telecommuting: Telecommuting is a work arrangement in which the employee performs some assigned job duties at home. The employee and supervisor may communicate by e-mail, phone, modem, fax, or pager.
  • Alternative work hours: Employees may be granted approval by their department head to work a certain number of hours each day, but the hours of work may vary from the "traditional" schedule. Such arrangements typically include a fixed core period each day. Examples for an employee who works a five-day workweek might include 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., or 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (all with a half-hour lunch).
  • Compressed work week: The employee works a full week's schedule in less than five days. This may include three 12-hour days, four 10-hour days, or any other combination.
    Note: In compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime regulations, only exempt employees are eligible for 9/80 work schedules
  • Job sharing: Two employees share a single full-time position. Example: two employees share a job where one person works 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. each Monday and Tuesday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, while the other works from 12:30—4:30 p.m. on Wednesday and 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.


Possible benefits of alternative work arrangements include:

  • Ability to better balance work and personal responsibilities
  • Reduced absences and tardiness
  • Improved coverage and scheduling for the department
  • Improved morale, commitment and productivity resulting from support for personal work style preferences
  • Potential to maximize office space options
  • Improved transportation and parking options
  • Uninterrupted time for creative, repetitive or highly detailed work
  • Expanded use of equipment
  • Improved scheduling for peak workloads
  • Increased cross training
  • Enhanced retention
  • Enhanced recruitment
  • Recognition and reward incentive
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Notice: The information on this page summarizes provisions of university policies and/or collective bargaining agreements. Refer to the Personnel Policies for Staff Members (PPSM) and local implementing procedures or applicable collective bargaining agreement for full text of referenced information.