flex·​time ˈfleks-ˌtīm How to pronounce flextime (audio)
variants or less commonly flexitime
: a system that allows employees to choose their own times for starting and finishing work within a broad range of available hours

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The company has also embraced flextime and flexible workplaces. Dallas News, 9 Nov. 2022 The staff takes frequent mountain biking and hiking trips together (thanks, flextime) or, come winter, skin up the mountain and ski down before work. Nick Davidson, Outside Online, 1 Oct. 2014 Another potential issue with flextime is that employees tend to work more than 40 hours a week when they are given more freedom to arrange their schedules, says Ballard, who has studied these working arrangements for many years. Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 21 Mar. 2022 For myself, my colleagues and my business, adopting flextime has made all the difference. Becky Carroll, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Despite that flextime considerations may have been turned down in the past, these organizations took swift actions to protect the health of their workforce by allowing work-from-home arrangements. Forbes, 4 Mar. 2021 In a Fortune op-ed, Catalyst president and CEO Lorraine Hariton comes up with five ways employers can lead on solving the U.S. childcare crisis, from helping employees build better home offices to adopting flextime. Claire Zillman, Fortune, 27 Oct. 2020 Consider flextime or flex leave for all, including employees without dependent children, with no career penalty. Lorraine Hariton, Fortune, 22 Oct. 2020 Both frontline groups continued to get full health benefits but were asked to go on flextime, working about one-third fewer hours. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 27 June 2020 See More

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Word History


flex- (in flexible) + time entry 1

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flextime was in 1972

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“Flextime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flextime. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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