This article accompanies Balancing Work/Life by the Hour.
The University of Kentucky's work/life program -- run through the human resource department -- is responsible for connecting supervisors and employees with the necessary resources for drafting and enacting a flexible work arrangement.
Among those tools -- which are provided by WFC Resources Inc., based in Minnetonka, Minn. -- is a checklist of questions that help employees determine whether such a work schedule will "work" for them. The questions can offer some insight for HR leaders looking to establish guidelines or offer more flexibility as well:
* Is the nature of your work conducive to a flexible work arrangement?
* If you have supervisory responsibilities, how will they be handled?
* What does your work performance history indicate about your organizational skills and the ability to accomplish tasks?
* How will your proposed flexible work arrangement affect the department's ability to meet business objectives?
* How will internal and external customers be affected?
* How will staffing and workflow requirements be affected?
* Will your schedule improve coverage or extend service hours?
* How will scheduling and continuity be maintained?
* What will the impact on co-workers be? What will be the impact on the team?
* Will your new schedule impact the department's need for overtime?
* What effect, if any, will working in a flexible work arrangement have on your career objectives?