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Getting the Flexibility You Need Inside and Outside of Work

October 26, 2010, Volume 57, No. 09

This is the last in a series of articles this October that honors National Work and Family Month—a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of worklife benefits.

Days can be challenging when you have competing demands in your personal and professional life. Long commutes, dependent care responsibilities and a variety of other circumstances can make for a hectic schedule and take a toll on your mental and physical well-being. But at Penn, we recognize these difficulties and want to help. That’s why we offer guidance on how to propose and set up flexible work arrangements that can help you balance your needs at work and at home.

Flexible work options are creative approaches to organizing your work day. They can give you the freedom and flexibility to do your job while still meeting the priorities of your personal life. From non-traditional work hours and locations to compressed work schedules, there are plenty of options to consider when you’re struggling to meet your goals inside and outside of the workplace.

If you’re considering flexible work options for yourself or your department, visit the Human Resources website at www.hr.upenn.edu/quality/worklife/flexoptions for more information. You’ll learn about a variety of flexible work options, how to create a proposal that’s appropriate for you, your supervisor and the business needs of your department, and how to set up a successful arrangement once a proposal has been approved.

—Division of Human Resources


Almanac - October 26, 2010, Volume 57, No. 09