Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Flex-time for Everyone

UUpdater has written a particularly insightful post on Church with an Infant, which stresses how parents need flexilibity in their child caring options at church. I mention this post in this space because it touches on the issue of flexilibity in how we use our time, aknown in the workplace as flex-time.

Frequently, we assume that (and many employers interpret) flex-time is one thing or another usually involving children. But flex-time should mean that your time is flexible in order to care for yourself and your family. Any of these scenarios is actually flex-time:

1. You work at home on Fridays because your daughter gets out of rehab at noon and you want to pick her up.

2. You share care of a baby with a partner and work at home in the mornings and in the office in the afternoon.

3. You share care for your aging parents with a sibling and work four ten-hour days to have long weekends with them.

4. You work at home on alternate Tuesdays in order to see a therapist and decompress in the morning.

5. You work 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. because it works for you and your family.

6. You work 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Just because.

7. On Thursday, you're working at home in order to wait for a plumber.

Other ideas?