What is flexible work?

According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, “flexible work arrangements are alternate arrangements or schedules from the traditional working day and week. Employees may choose a different work schedule to meet personal or family needs”.

The HR Council for the Non-Profit Sector agrees and further expands the definition to focus on flexibility of time and flexibility of location.


The flexibility around time includes,

  • Flextime, or flexible hours. Workers still work a standard number of hours (e.g., 40/week) and can set their own schedule, starting and ending at different times.  Some organizations will implement a set of core hours, which means that it doesn’t matter when workers start or end as long as they are available during the identified hours.
  • Compressed workweek. Workers still work a traditional number of hours but do so over a shortened time frame. For example, rather than 8 hours/day for 5 days, they may work 10 hours/day for 4 days.
  • Part-time work. Workers work less than the standard number of hours.
  • Job sharing. This is structured part-time work where the work is divided between two or more workers. E.g., 50/50 or 30/70.


The flexibility around location includes working from home, from satellite offices or while on the move.


At Work Evolution, we include duration in an expanded definition of flexible work.  The flexibility around duration includes temporary or contract-based work.

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