You know that offering flexible work options will be good for the employees of your company and for the business itself. But despite your good intentions, you don’t know the first thing about building a flex policy, and you really don’t have time to create something from scratch.
Or on the other side of the coin, perhaps you are a worker who wants to encourage your company to offer more flexibility, but you know your managers will need help—and a little convincing—to get a program started.
The good news is that, regardless of your situation, many templates for building outstanding work flex programs are just a mouse click away. Here are a few to consider as you begin to create the policies that will be best for your company and colleagues.
1. Johns Hopkins University & Health System offers a bunch of information to help people write and review proposals for flexible work arrangements. Their site can help you make the argument for flexible hours or an alternate work location, and also offers training modules and manager resources.
2. If you’re looking for a solid sample of a telecommuting policy, Global Workplace Analytics has you covered. You will likely need to tailor the language to your specific business needs, but this will give you a starting point.
3. The Society for Human Resource Management offers a variety of sample policies and forms to get you on the right track. You may need to be a member of the organization to access some of this information, but it’s still a relatively inexpensive way to get started.
4. The 1MFWF policy page is another good starting point as you look for examples to follow. Many local governments offer resources to help companies that want to offer flex, and you’ll likely find any information from your particular state or municipality mentioned here. If not, check out some states on the list that are making a strong effort at providing flex resources, like Arizona, California, Florida, and Georgia.
5. While it’s a bit older, the sample flex policy from Workforce Magazine should still provide you with some ideas of what you need to include in any documents you create.
6. Another slightly dated, but still useful, resource is the document that outlines the U.S. Department of Commerce‘s telework program. Perusing this could be especially helpful if you’re creating a policy for a government or quasi-governmental entity.
7. Many of the sample policies you find online will relate to a specific kind of organization. That’s not a bad thing, but if you’re looking for general guidance for telework in particular, you could read through the information found in the Telework Toolkit. It offers a variety of suggestions for clauses that may work for different kinds of companies. However, note that it claims to be “not so much a guide to ‘writing’ a policy as one for ‘thinking’ about a policy.”
8. Another thorough toolkit for both remote work and flexible scheduling is available from the San Mateo (California) County Office of Sustainability. It includes several sample policies and agreements, with information for both employees and supervisors.
9. Workable offers a sample policy that refers specifically to flexible hours. If you’re focused more on that mode of flex than on telecommuting, you may find some good ideas on its pages.
These are just a few of the resources available to both workers and companies that want to offer more flexibility. In other words, plenty of help is out there. If you take a bit of time and do some basic research, you should be able to create a policy that will work for your business, allowing everyone involved to start reaping the benefits of flexibility.