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system of assigning hours for work that permits employees to choose, within specified limits, the hours that they will be at their place of employment. In many companies, there is a "core time" when all employees must be present each workday. By allowing employees to stagger hours or by changing from five eight-hour days to four ten-hour days (a "compressed work week"), traffic and commuting problems are eased, parents can adjust work schedules to school schedules, and expensive office equipment, such as computers, can be used more efficiently. In 1997 about 25 million full-time workers (about 15.1% of the U.S. workforce) had flexible schedules. One variation on flextime is job sharing, in which two employees share the duties of one job by splitting the weekly work hours associated with the job. Some flextime programs permit employees to work some hours at home; this can include telecommutingtelecommuting,
an arrangement by which people work at home using a computer and telephone, accessing work-related materials at a business office, or transmitting materials to an office, by means of a Internet connection; it is also known as telework.
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, that is, using the telephone and a home personal computerpersonal computer
(PC), small but powerful computer primarily used in an office or home without the need to be connected to a larger computer. PCs evolved after the development of the microprocessor made possible the hobby-computer movement of the late 1970s, when some computers
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 equipped with a modemmodem
[modulator/demodulator], an external device or internal electronic circuitry used to transmit and receive digital data over a communications line normally used for analog signals.
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 to conduct business and stay in contact with the office.
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Ashby added that flexitime is a very popular concept in many countries, but it does not have much traction in the GCC region yet.
So we step back into Flexitime and program a slow movement back in time, close to the last elections.
Andrew Elliott, operations manager of Prague-based ICT Recruitment, said he believed flexitime "was becoming more common within Czech companies.
From now on any lack of clarity in council missives is punishable by a reduction in flexitime allowance (subject, of course, to union approval).
And Oldbury steel factory Metsec has introduced flexitime for workers in a bid to avoid further redundancies.
Spot-checks are to be introduced after bosses were told of the abuse of Edinburgh Council's flexitime system.
By investing in Auto Time Solutions' Zeus Third-Generation Time Management Software, which links directly to its payroll software, the Morgan Motor Company is now able to accurately track more than 150 workers who work under a flexitime scheme.
COMPRESSED time, job sharing, home-based working, limited working and flexitime.
Look at the long-term success of flexitime, bonuses, cars, separate offices, even Christmas parties.
Although more than 1 in 4 full-time wage and salary workers can thus work a flexible schedule, only about 1 in 10 are enrolled in a formal, employer-sponsored flexitime program.