University of California, Riverside

Human Resources

Alternative (Flexible) Work Schedules

Alternative (Flexible) Work Schedules

Each day faculty and staff face the challenge of balancing their family and work responsibilities. Our campus is committed to policies and programs that enable faculty and staff to be productive members of the campus community and to meet their family care obligations.

Alternative (Flexible) Work Schedules

Alternate Work Schedules are a part of the campus Work/Life program and allow staff and departments some flexibility in defining when, where and how work is done. This flexibility is a critical driver of employee well-being and performance and is responsive to the changing professional and personal demographics of the multi-generational workforce. The alternate work schedules available at UCR include the compressed workweek, flextime, and telecommuting. When properly managed, alternate work schedules have been shown to increase productivity, increase employee engagement and retention, provide extended coverage and cross training opportunities, and decrease unplanned absences. In addition, it promotes diversity, and has a positive impact on workplace culture and employee morale. For many people, even a small amount of flexibility can make a tremendous difference in successfully balancing responsibilities at work and at home.

Flexible Work Arrangements are not an employee entitlement or requirement, but a work assignment mutually agreed to by the employee, supervisor, and department head. The arrangement must be in the best interest of the University. The focus in flexible work arrangements must be on results.


Non-represented employees are eligible to request alternate work schedules. Represented employees may participate as allowed by their respective collective bargaining agreements. An employee initiates the request for an alternate work schedule by submitting a proposal to their supervisor and/or unit/department head.


In an effort to enhance the work/life benefits provided to staff, the following resources have been developed to assist managers and supervisors in the administration of alternative (flexible) work schedules:

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