Flexible Work Arrangements

Flexible work arrangements can be of benefit to both the University of Missouri System and its employees. They are an important strategy to help the university respond to demographic, economic, and technological changes.


For MU supervisors

  • Build morale
  • Decrease tardiness
  • Reduce unscheduled absences
  • Boost productivity
  • Increase employee engagement, motivation and work satisfaction
  • Enhance the ability to recruit, motivate and retain the best talent
  • Reduce operating costs

For MU employees

  • Increase feelings of personal control over schedule and work environment
  • Allow people to work when they feel most productive
  • Increase work/life effectiveness
  • Reduce commuting time and stress
  • Cut gas consumption; save money


Flexibility can be accomplished without changing a department’s regular hours of operation, or altering the responsibility or diminishing the authority of supervisors to establish and adjust work schedules. Any change in regular hours of operation is solely a departmental decision. We suggest the following principles for workplace flexibility.

Types of Flexible Work Arrangements

There several types of flexible work arrangements including a (1) flexible work schedule, (2) compressed work week, (3) flex place, and (4) arrangements/release for wellness activities.

Guides and Forms

There are established guides and forms that can help everyone understand the expectations and responsibilities related to flexible work arrangements, and to formalize an arrangement between manager and employee.

Training Modules

On-demand and online training available via myLearn can help explain flexible work arrangements.


Flexible work arrangement guidelines and related information are not intended to serve as policy and do not represent terms or conditions of employment, nor is the language intended to establish a contract between the university and its employees. If there is a conflict between information in any flexible work arrangement documents and information contained in benefit plan documents, contracts, HR Policy, or the Collected Rules and Regulations, the flexible work arrangement documents always defer to the controlling legal documents. 

The university reserves the right to change, interpret, amend or terminate any or all of these guidelines or any flexible work arrangements at any time for any reason.