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Some Alternative Work Arrangements Can Reduce Costs and Provide Employee Benefits, Report No. 10-04, January 2010
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  • Public and private employers typically adopt alternative work arrangements to improve employee recruitment and retention and to produce savings by reducing facility and overtime costs.
  • Most Florida state agencies have used alternative work arrangements to a limited extent, and have reported some savings. Other states have implemented statewide alternative work arrangements. Utah adopted a compressed workweek for most employees. While Utah did not achieve the level of savings it expected, it achieved reductions in energy and custodial costs and lower overtime.
  • To achieve savings through alternative work arrangements, the Legislature could consider three options: (1) require state agencies to implement a mandatory compressed work week; (2) require agencies to implement mandatory telecommuting; and (3) direct agencies to assess the potential for hoteling. The Legislature could require agencies to report potential savings that could be achieved through these steps prior to the 2010 Legislative Session.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Management Services
Facilities Program
Human Resource Management

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 08-22 DMS Has Improved State Leasing Processes, Additional Performance Measures Needed,published in April 2008.
  • Report No. 06-06 Workspace Management Initiative Can Benefit State, But DMS Not Taking Adequate Steps to Ensure Goals Are Met,published in January 2006.

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