Any employee may submit a proposal for a flexible work arrangement to his or her manager. All proposals need to be in writing and based on this form.
Under Harvard’s guidelines, managers should give consideration to all proposals to ensure a fair process for all employees. Remember—“fair” does not equal “same”. The process should be consistent to ensure equity between employees, but each outcome will be based on the particular circumstances of the proposal, the job and the person, with approval based on a proposal that supports the needs of both the University and the individual.
Keeping this in mind, however, not all jobs are suitable for such an arrangement, and managers are not required to approve proposals for flexible work arrangements. Depending on the nature or location of a particular job, some types of alternative work arrangement may not be appropriate.
A history of poor performance might also be a reason for the denial of a proposal. In some cases, it may be that a flexible schedule might alleviate the root causes of problems like tardiness and result in improved performance. In these situations, piloting the flexible work arrangement for 30 days could help in determining the viability of an FWA.