Flexible Work Plans

Flexible Work Plans (FWPs) offer creative approaches for completing work while addressing both work and personal commitments. FWPs are not a benefit, entitlement or accommodation; they must make business sense. Approval will be based in part on the employee’s past performance, the type of work needed to be performed, and other department or College needs. FWPs incorporate a variety of possibilities that expand options for where and when is completed, while maintaining a consistent schedule:

  • Flex Time: Work start and end times differ from the standard; the same number of scheduled work hours per week is retained.
    (examples could include shifting your work day from 8:30am - 5:00pm to 7:30am - 4:00pm)

  • Compressed Work Week: Alternative schedule that compresses a normal work week into fewer than five days; the same number of scheduled work hours per week is retained.
    (examples could include moving from working five 8 hour days to four 10 hour days)

  • Telecommuting & Hybrid: Work from a remote location one or more days per week; the same number of scheduled work hours per week is retained. Please review the corresponding Telecommuting Policy.   

FWP Request Process

FWPs should support Ithaca College, the department, and the employee’s goals. Not all positions at the College are conducive to a flexible work plan. A FWP request must be initiated by the employee with as much advance notice as possible. Employees and supervisors are encouraged to work together to develop an effective FWP.

  1. Review the FWP policy and learn about the various FWP options and requirements. HR is available for consultations, to answer any questions, and provide guidance.
  2. For all FWPs, it is expected that you provide as much advance notice as possible for your request to ensure adequate time for consideration by your supervisor
  3. Requesting an FWP
    • Your first step is to discuss the request with your supervisor
    • Complete the FWP Request Form. All FWPs must have a completed and approved form on file with HR.
  4. Approval of Your FWP
    • All requests for a FWP require a completed and approved FWP Request Form. 
    • The Office of Human Resources will review all FWP requests and consult with both the employee and the supervisor as appropriate.