ERIC Number: ED418247
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Part-Time Work and Other Flexible Options. ERIC Digest No. 192.
Brown, Bettina Lankard
Options for flexible work schedules such as job sharing, compressed work weeks, reduced hours, work at home, and flextime have provided employees with the means to realize a better balance between work and family and engage simultaneously in more than one endeavor (for example, school and work or two careers). The same options can also lead to economic and emotional stress and to limited opportunities for professional growth. Although employer-initiated flexible staffing arrangements are appealing to many workers, they are designed primarily to satisfy employers' needs. Flexible work options such as part-time employment and job sharing are becoming increasingly attractive to professionals. Flextime, which has become the most popular flexible work arrangement, reaps benefits for employers and employees alike by allowing full-time employees to work at convenient times and offering employers a low-cost method of providing personal time off, extending service hours without overtime pay, and reducing absenteeism and turnover. The use of flexible options is affected by various factors, including union and government pressure and workplace demographic changes. When preparing students with the academic, vocational, and employability skills required for successful employment in today's workplace, educators must also promote self-directed learning and a spirit of entrepreneurship. (Contains 16 references) (MN)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.