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If an employee’s absence affects office flow, can that employee have a Flexible Work Arrangement?

Some support staff are key to the work done by the rest of the employees in the office and when they are not there to take care of everyone’s immediate needs, the flow in the office is affected. However, often, practices already exist for managing workflow when support staff is not available (e.g., on sick leave or vacation, or on special training or task assignments). Using these practices on a regular, recurring basis rather than on occasion for the above-listed situations can allow support staff to enjoy some flexibility in their work too. Strategic planning of workflow can also reduce the amount of urgent and immediate needs and improve productivity. If none of these changes are feasible, provide an objective explanation to employees.

Visit the Flexible Work Arrangements webpage for more information.