Flexible Work Arrangements
Northwestern University recognizes that in today’s world many of us may be juggling the competing demands of our work and personal lives. To give employees better control over their time, Northwestern supports flex work arrangements where possible.
There are two types of flex work arrangements: occasional and formal. Occasional refers to one time or intermittent requests. Formal are arrangements that require some type of change in when or where someone works on a regular basis. Both require communication with and approval by the manager, however, it is suggested that a more formal arrangement be documented using an agreement.
Types of flexible work arrangements
The main consideration in setting up an alternative work arrangement is how the work will be completed. Although personal needs are often a factor in any such arrangement, University/Department requirements remain the primary consideration.
The approval or denial of a request for an alternative work arrangement is at the manager’s discretion based on the business needs of the school or department.
Non-exempt employees working a flexible schedule should complete the Flexible Schedule Form with the Payroll Division so that the employee’s electronic time sheet reflects this schedule. Any employee’s flexible work schedule cannot exceed 40 hours for any work week even if the other week of the pay period has fewer hours.