Flexible Working Arrangements
As of 1 February 2003, there are four options under flexible working arrangements in the United Nations Secretariat. At UNESCAP, the first two options (staggered work hours and compressed work schedule) are applied at the moment.
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.
The following links provide more detailed information at these options and at the status of implantation of flexible working arrangements at ESCAP.