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Information on Flexible Work Schedules and Teleworking

Information on Flexible Work Schedules and Tele-working

Several options are available to USDA-NRCS employees regarding personal work schedules.  Some of the options that are potentially available include flexible Work Schedules and Tele-working.


Tele-working may be a consideration in providing reasonable accommodations for disabled employees and for addressing short-term agency or employee needs. Short-term uses could include allowing an employee to tele-work while the employee recovers from a minor injury affecting his/her mobility, or while working on a special work-related project with identifiable time frames and deliverables.  Participation in a tele-work arrangement is not an employee entitlement. An employee may participate in the program if the responsible supervisor or designee decides that the employee’s job duties are suitable for offsite work.

Flexible Work Schedules

A flexible work schedule consists of workdays with core hours and flexible hours. Core hours are those designated periods during the day when all employees must be at work. Currently those hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Flexible hours are the part of the workday that employees may choose their time of arrival and departures. Currently,  For us, those hours are between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. This flexible work schedule helps employees balance work and family or personal responsibilities.

Compressed Work Schedules

Compressed work schedules are fixed work schedules, but they enable full-time employees to complete the basic 80-hour biweekly work requirement in less than 10 days.

Any alteration of a basic work schedule must be discussed with and approved by an individual's supervisor.