Organizational Development and Staffing Unit

Flexible Working Arrangements


"Flexible Working Arrangements (FWAs) can lead to a more productive workforce, more efficient business processes, enhanced business continuity and helps attract a diverse pool of top talent. Furthermore, the use of FWAs can increase staff members' motivation and engagement with the Organization, reducing absenteeism and creating a greener and more sustainable environment. The Executive Secretary has encouraged managers to join her in her serious commitment to staff welfare and work-life balance by implementing FWA where possible."


  • Staggered working hours:
    Under this option, staff members are expected to be present during a core period of the working day. The core period will be set at each duty station. Staff must complete the balance of working hours for each day before, after, or partly before and partly after, the core period
  • Compressed work schedule (ten working days in nine):
    Under this option, all the hours that would normally have been worked during a period of ten working days are compressed into nine working days by distributing among these nine days the hours that would otherwise have been worked on the tenth day. This redistribution of normal working hours allows staff members, every other week, to take off the last day of the normal work week
  • Scheduled break for external learning activities:
    Staff members wishing to attend courses relevant to their professional development at universities or other institutions of learning may request breaks of up to three hours per day for a maximum of two days per week. The hours spent away from work during a particular week must be made up during that week
  • Work away from the office (telecommuting):
    Where consistent with the nature of the work involved, staff members may spend up to two days per week working from an alternative work site, provided they have access to the necessary equipment and may always be reached by telephone or e-mail.

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