flex·​time | \ ˈfleks-ˌtīm How to pronounce flextime (audio) \
variants: or less commonly flexitime \ ˈflek-​si-​ˌtīm How to pronounce flextime (audio) \

Definition of flextime

: a system that allows employees to choose their own times for starting and finishing work within a broad range of available hours

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 In addition, nearly every company offers flextime and telecommuting, with a majority of women employees using those benefits. Erin Delmore, NBC News, 24 Sep. 2019 And what about a more-seasoned professional looking to rally her stagnant troops or considering instituting a flextime policy? Robin Givhan, Twin Cities, 11 May 2017 A quote from Nelson Mandela introduces the section that encourages women to ask for flextime: ‘ James Hohmann, Washington Post, 3 May 2017

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First Known Use of flextime

1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flextime

flex- (in flexible) + time entry 1

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13 Oct 2021

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“Flextime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flextime. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flextime

: a system in which employees are required to work a certain number of hours but are allowed to choose their own times for starting and finishing work

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