Alternative work schedules (AWS), or flexible schedules, allow employees to work a non-traditional schedule and make fewer trips to and from their workplace.
With AWS, employees work the same amount of hours, but in a compressed work week. For example, traditionally, an employee works 40 hours over five days. With AWS, the employee may work 40 hours over four days and not work one day, therefore reducing weekly vehicle miles traveled to and from work. Another option is to work 80 hours (2 weeks/10 days) over a 9 day period with one day off every other week.
DHEC allows and encourages employees to work an AWS and has implemented an AWS policy in its Administrative Procedures Manual. Currently, 50 percent of DHEC's Bureau of Air Quality staff works within an AWS schedule.
A flexible work schedule, or flex time, allows employees to stagger their work hours to avoid driving in peak rush-hour traffic. For example, employees can work 7:30-4:00 to avoid early traffic, or work 9:30-6:00 to avoid later traffic. This option reduces traffic congestion as well as the amount of time spent idling in heavy traffic, thereby decreasing fuel consumption and vehicle emissions.
For more information please contact the Bureau of Air Quality at (803) 898-4123 or by email.