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Alternative Schedules offer both the employer and employee a versatile and innovative work scheduling program in the work place In recent years the importance of flexible and compressed work schedules have been enhanced by the emergence of work and family issues As the workforce ages becomes more culturally diverse and women make up a greater percentage of the work force management officials are grappling with ways to resolve conflicts that arise when an employees work and family responsibilities collideAlternative Work Schedules AWS are non-traditional work programs that allow employees an alternative to the standard 8 to 5 Monday through Friday workweek An alternative work schedule refers to varying types of flexible and compressed work schedulesCompressed Work Schedule CWS means a full time employee who has an 80-hour biweekly basic work requirement can choose to work more than 8 hours per day in order to complete the basic work requirement in less than 10 days Examples of a compressed work weeks are the 410 schedule in which an employee works 10 hours a day four days each week or the 313 where a full time employee works 13 hours and 20 minutes each day three days a week for 40 hours per week or the 54-9 model which schedules employees to work nine hours a day for 8 days and 8 hours one day gaining one extra day off every other week Flexible Work Schedule FWS refers to a full time employee who has an 80-hour biweekly basic work requirement can choose to vary his or her times of arrival to and departure from the work site within the limits set by the requirements of the position and consistent with the policies of the agencyThe difference between the two types of schedules mentioned above are flexible work schedule frequently referred to as flextime replaces the fixed shift work-day by breaking the day into two types of time bands core time and flex time Within a flexible
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