When most companies begin to consider flexibility, they go straight to remote work. This often takes the form of a fully distributed workforce, or by implementing one-size-fits-all policies like “work from home Wednesdays” or “remote Fridays.” But flexibility is a much more nuanced conversation.
At Werk, we look at 6 types of flexibility that cut across the axes of time and location. And according to our own research, the average employees needs access to about 2.5 types of flexibility in order to perform at their best.
Here are the 6 types of flexibility:
Remote: Remote employees do not work at a company office—they can work from anywhere. While many Remote arrangements are fully location independent, some may have location considerations, such as the need to attend occasional in-person meetings or service a region.
DeskPlus: DeskPlus employees are based out of a company office, but can work at a location of their choosing for some portion of their time. Utilizing location variety can enhance productivity, reduce the burden of a long commute, increase creativity, and/or meet other needs.
TravelLite: TravelLite employees have minimal to no travel, with a maximum of 10% travel annually (2-4 days per month or its annual equivalent). TravelLite employees can reduce travel requirements by utilizing virtual meetings.
MicroAgility: MicroAgility employees have the autonomy to step away from their work to accommodate the unexpected in micro increments of 1-3 hours. Employees are responsible for communicating their plans and meeting their daily objectives. The ability to make micro-adjustments to the workday prevents an employee’s personal life from becoming a major work life disruption.
TimeShift: Employees reorder their working hours to create an unconventional schedule that optimizes productivity and performance. An employee could use TimeShift to shift their workday an hour to avoid a long commute, to break their day into sprints, or in a formalized condensed work week program.
PartTime: PartTime employees work on a reduced hours schedule. PartTime does not mean an individual is no longer in an advancement track role—employees utilizing PartTime have the experience and skills to meet their objectives on a reduced hours schedule.