Telecommuting is the relocation of an employee's work site either to her/his home, or to another, closer to home, work site provided by the university. The term telecommuting usually involves some type of computerized or electronic communication with the original on-campus work site. Telecommuting or establishing a flexible work site can be done on a part-time or full-time basis, with the number of hours depending on factors such as the nature of the work to be done, the needs of the unit, and if possible, the needs or wishes of the employee. Current practice suggests that part-time telecommuting prevails.


Flextime or flexible work hours usually begin with an 8 hour work day, but include a starting and quitting time different from the traditional 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. work day. It usually includes a core period of time in which the employee is required to be in attendance at the work site. For example, an employee may have an 8 hour work day which starts sometime between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. He/she is required to be at the work site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (with a scheduled lunch hour), and may leave between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. (depending upon the starting time). The core period may vary, depending upon the requirements of the position as well as the needs of the department and the employee.

Alternate Work Schedule

Alternate work schedules are outside the traditional 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. but have a fixed arrival and departure time, e.g., 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. They may also include a 4/40, that is, four 10-hour days that comprise a 40-hour workweek, or, in some instances a 9/80, eighty hours worked in a 9-day workweek (for example, Monday through Friday the first week and Monday through Thursday the second week, with Friday off).