Flexible Work Arrangements

Flextime

Flextime is a work schedule that permits employees a work schedule that afford them flexible starting and quitting times within the limits set by their manager.  The University supports flextime in situations that benefits both the employee and UST.  In many cases, flexible work arrangements contribute to a higher level of employee satisfaction and productivity.  To be approved, an employee must submit a written request to his or her supervisor, which details the proposed flexible work schedule.  Not all positions are suitable for a flexible work arrangement.

Telecommuting

The University views telecommuting a viable alternative work option for situations that are well-suited to such an arrangement.  Telecommuting can be an informal or formal arrangement.  An informal telecommuting arrangement is short-term and ad hoc in nature (i.e. working from home on a short-term project with an approaching deadline).  A formal telecommuting arrangement is long-term ranging from two or more weeks and is not a response to a specific project.  Informal arrangements are made on a case-by-case basis at the departmental level.  Formal telecommuting arrangements must be requested in writing and follow general telecommuting guidelines.  In a voluntary telecommuting arrangement, the employee is responsible for all equipment that may be necessary for work effectiveness (e.g. computer, fax machine, telephone, etc.).  A telecommuting arrangement does not change the terms and conditions of employment with the University of St. Thomas.  Not all positions are appropriate for telecommuting.  More details of the telecommuting program are outlined in the Telecommuting Guidelines.

Job Sharing Arrangement

A Job sharing arrangement allows two employees to share the job responsibilities of one full-time position.  Accomplishing all job duties is the responsibility of both individuals.  Working with both employees, the manager develops a work sharing agreement, which governs the work arrangement.  This type of arrangement typically does not exceed six months.  Both individuals involved in an approved work sharing arrangement work 20 hours per week and are eligible for employee benefits applicable to their part-time status and percentage of FTE level.