A program designed to allow staff to work “core hours” with either early or late beginning/ending of the workday.


  • Employees establish a fixed schedule that differs from the norm (e.g., 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily
  • Core hours within a variable schedule; e.g., employee is present everyday from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. but the other 4 hours vary per day.

Employee retains full pay and benefits

Employee’s working and time off hours more closely meet their needs

May facilitate recruiting and retention

May not provide supervision at all hours

May cause under-staffing at times

May create difficulty in keeping track of hours

How office coverage will be maintained

How work hours will be tracked

Definition of tasks when supervisor is absent

Adapted from: Center for Work, Family and Personal Life, 2004. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, A Guide to Job Flexibility at MIT.