Flex Schedule & Compressed Work Week (CWW)

Employers can increase productivity and morale by offering flexible “flex” schedules and /or compressed work week (CWW) programs.


An image of many cars on the freeway. To the right the text says: Flex-Schedule Allow employees to come to work during non-peak hours of traffic, making their commute quicker and less stressful while reducing traffic congestion for everyone.
An image to the right shows people working on laptops. The text to the left says: Compressed Work Week Allow employees to work the same hours each week but longer hours each day, allowing a day off each week or every other week.
Company Example

The Human Resources and Transportation Services departments at the University of Washington have coordinated efforts to provide a robust and highly utilized flexwork policy. Flexwork is available to any employee who meets qualification standards, makes a proposal, and receives approval from a supervisor.

Flex Schedule & CWW Checklist

Make a case for Flex-Schedule/CWW based on current job descriptions and employee commute demands. 

Determine program goals such as number of participating employees, employee retention, and employee satisfaction levels.

Formalize policies and forms (e.g., employee agreement). 

Train managers and supervisors on employee eligibility, best-practices, and enrollment.

Communicate and launch program.

Resources for Further Learning

King County WorkSmart Program

University of Washington Flexwork Program

Commute Seattle Telework/Flexwork