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GUIDE: 4-Day Workweek, Flexi Time Guidelines for Gov't Workers

More than just work from the office or at home.
by Clara Rosales
Jun 21, 2022
Photo/s: Jerome Ascano

Goverment officials and employees can render services under flexible work arrangments effective June 15, 2022 according to guidelines from the Civil Service Commission, as fuel prices rise and traffic returns under the new normal.

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What flexible work arrangements are allowed for state workers?

  • Flexiplace: work can be done at home, an agency satellite office, or another fixed place on a temporary basis duly approved by the head of office or agency
  • Compressed Workweek: The usual forty hours distributed in five days for government workers is compressed to just 4 days or less, if applicable.
  • Skeleton Workforce: a minimum number of employees is required to stay in the office and render service in the event that full staffing is not possible
  • Work Shifting: a setup applicable to offices or agencies mandated by law to operate for 24-hours to continuously deliver services on a daily basis, or to agencies required to observe workplace health and safety protocols. This setup is also applicable to occupational groups that provide security and safety to agency personnel or property.
  • Flexitime: this work arrangement allows agencies to adopt flexible time for its officials and employees 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on a daily basis as long as the required 40-hour workweek is complied with.
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Government workers may also render services under a combination of flexible work arrangements, which allows for agencies to adopt a combination of any of the above-mentioned flexible arrangements, as long as appropriate or applicable to the mandate or functions of the agency.

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What are the types of flexiplace?

  • Work from home (WFH): government officials or employees work at home or their residence
  • Work from satellite office: employees may report to a sattelite office nearer their residence instead of reporting to their main office
  • Work from another fixed place: workers may render service "at a place conducive for productive work and efficient performance of official duties and responsibilities, other than their home or residence and satellite office"

When is flexiplace allowed?

  • Regular: government employees may request to work at an alternative worksite on a regular and recurring basis. Agreements must be agreed upon with the supervisor and duly approved by the head of agency or office.
  • Situational: this work arrangement is appropriate for assignments or project-based work that require short periods of time
  • Medical: this setup may be allowed for workers recuperating from medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes, and other analogous diseases that do not interfere with their ability to perform work assignments at an alternative worksite as certified by the attending physician
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"Request for flexiplace due to medical conditions shall be supported by the medical records of the government official or employee concerned," the CSC guidelines said.

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