Flexi Time Flexible Working Arrangements August 2007 Of Special Interest Like all other flexible working arrangements, flexi time is also available to senior level staff. What is it? The Government recognises The Government is designed to make the that employees have committed to providing a workplace more responsive interests and responsibilities safe workplace in which to the needs of individuals. outside the workplace and working hours are not therefore provides flexi time excessive. Flexi time use needs to take (where practical) as a into consideration the means of enabling Flexi time is not designed to requirements of the employees to balance their increase or reduce the total particular work place and various commitments and number of ordinary hours service responsibilities. responsibilities whilst also that must be worked by an meeting organisational employee over a pay period. Agency policies differ in the requirements. It simply allows the spread details, so check with your of hours to be flexible. HR section about the Flexi time is an arrangement specifics as they apply to that allows you to negotiate Flexi time arrangements are your agency. when hours will be worked available for the mutual within agreed limits and benefit of staff and the conditions. organisation and are How might I use it? In general terms this So you can make that long Each agency has specific arrangement allows you to weekend a little bit longer, policies guiding the use of commence or leave work drop off/pick up children flexi time, however, generally earlier or later and take from school, undertake time worked above the variable lunch breaks, taking studies and maintain your minimum hours is Did you know that every into account any work health and well being by accumulated allowing you to commitments. getting to that gym class on take the commensurate time agency may have differing time. off. A period of negative These arrangements are carry-over is generally also flexi time policies? You designed to assist you to Flexi time requires a balanced permitted. manage your work-life should check with your HR balance by acknowledging assessment of work needs It’s important to remember that you may have personal and an understanding that that flexi time should not be section as to what your matters to attend to outside there may be times when flexi used as a substitute for other time requests are not types of leave or other flexible of work that need to be agency’s policy is. practical. working arrangements. Use it taken care of within traditional ‘office hours’. as the name suggests: to be flexible (both for your needs and your employer’s). 2 FLEXIBLE WORKING ARRANGEMENTS….FLEXI TIME What else do I need to know? Flexi time is not a tool for rates or time off in lieu may It’s also important to manage increasing or decreasing apply as per the relevant your flexi time. If your normal work hours. It should Award. agency policy allows carry- not be used as a substitute over of 15 hours per month There may be times when for time of in lieu, overtime, and you have worked 35 other flexible working annual leave, sick leave, hours extra in the month, arrangements are more special leave, part-time work there is no obligation on your appropriate for your needs. arrangements or similar. employer to recognise the For example, if you really additional time. Be aware It is common in some want certainty that you can that flexi time doesn’t hide agencies for employees to leave work early on a specific serious work-load or work-loaf work significant additional day, then compressed weeks issues. hours. If an employee is may be a better option for directed and authorised to you (see fact sheet on We should all feel free to use work in excess of their normal compressed weeks for further flexi time as long as we hours of duty then overtime information). continue to take care of business. How do I arrange it? Flexi time is largely You can get further governed by organisational assistance from your HR policy and may therefore section regarding the differ between agencies. application of flexi time arrangements in your Generally, you will be agency. informed of flexi time provisions when you join the This will include information agency. Most agencies about the time band within require a method of time which flexi time can be keeping, which should give accrued, core attendance you the details of what flexi hours, permitted carryovers time provisions are available and how to calculate time to you. worked. For Further Information…. You can find further Fact sheets have been information about flexible prepared on each type of working arrangements in flexible working Commissioner’s Standard arrangement. These can be 3.1, which can be accessed found at www.grc.sa.gov.au via www.cpe.sa.gov.au. or from your HR section.