Alternative Work Policy option now open to more employees
The City and the Minneapolis Professional Employee’s Association (MPEA) have expanded the Alternative Work Arrangements policy option to members of the MPEA bargaining unit.
The policy, which went into effect in January, initially applied only to appointed employees, non-represented employees and politically-appointed employees under the jurisdiction of the Mayor and City Council. In February, policy coverage expanded to members of the Minneapolis City Supervisors Association.
Although labor unions are generally supportive of the Alternative Work Arrangements policy, not all labor agreements have the necessary enabling language. Human Resources staff continues to work with unions to expand coverage to interested bargaining units.
The policy offers opportunities for some employees to work within one (or more) of the following alternative work arrangements:
- Compressed Workweeks (most often involves working a shorter work week – i.e., working a 40-hour workweek in less than five full days).
- Flextime (provides flexibility in when a workday starts and ends – i.e., instead of an 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. work day, the schedule could be 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.).
- Job Share (two (or more) employees sharing the duties of one full-time position).
- Gradual Retirement (an employee nearing retirement works a reduced schedule to retire gradually rather than going from full-time to retired in a single day).
- Telework (working from a remote worksite such as at home or a customer site one or more days per week).
The policy recognizes that alternative work arrangements — especially telework — are not appropriate for all positions. Before an employee’s request for an alternative work arrangement can be approved, the employee’s supervisor and the department head must first determine whether the arrangement will be workable for the department without compromising service delivery or negatively impacting department or City operations. The final decision on whether to allow an employee to work in an alternative work arrangement rests solely with the department head.
To help managers and supervisors learn about the policy and procedures, HR will be conducting two informational sessions in Room 101 of the City of Lakes Building. The sessions will be held on:
- Thursday, July 28 from 10:30 a.m. - noon
- Wednesday, Aug. 3 from 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Registration for the above sessions is now open in HRIS.
The Alternative Work Arrangements policy was launched in response to the results of the 2009 Employee Engagement Survey in which 71 percent of City employees indicated they supported flexible work arrangement options. Expanding alternative work arrangement opportunities helps ensure that the City of Minneapolis remains competitive in the labor market so the City can continue to recruit, hire and retain employees.
July 20, 2011
Published Jul. 20, 2011