ERIC Number: ED373883
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Alternative Work Schedules: Many Agencies Do Not Allow Employees the Full Flexibility Permitted by Law. Report to Congressional Committees.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. General Government Div.
A review was conducted of the extent to which selected federal agencies are allowing employees to use alternative work schedules (AWS) as authorized by the Federal Employees Flexible and Compressed Work Schedules Act. The statute permits, rather than requires, agencies to institute AWS programs. The study surveyed the policies and practices of 59 federal organizations of various sizes. Two of the 59 organizations had no AWS program, and the majority of the others limited work schedule flexibility. Many of these organizations allowed relatively few employees to participate in AWS because their managers believed employees needed to follow the same work schedules to accomplish the organization's work. Some managers feared they might not be able to adequately supervise their subordinates' work under an AWS program. In notable contrast, the organizations that permitted large numbers of employees considerable work schedule flexibility reported no adverse effects of AWS on agency operations and often found that AWS enhanced their ability to serve customers' needs. (Three appendices, which form the bulk of the document, outline: (1) the objectives, scope, and methodology of the study; (2) AWS policies and practices in 59 federal organizations; and (3) the major contributors to the report.) (MDM)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Federal Government, Federal Programs, Flexible Working Hours, Fringe Benefits, Job Satisfaction, Personnel Policy, Public Agencies, Supervision
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015 (First copy, free; additional copies, $2 each. 25% discount on orders for 100 or more copies).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. General Government Div.