Definition of flextime in US English:


(British flexitime)


  • A system of working a set number of hours with the starting and finishing times chosen within agreed limits by the employee.

    ‘no need for day care—the parents can work flextime’
    • ‘Young career women are more likely to demand things like flextime and less overtime from employers.’
    • ‘People call out ceaselessly for more nurses, more doctors, more maths teachers, more childcare, more flexitime, more money in retirement, more rights for the disabled, more money for the Third World and lots of new laws to provide them.’
    • ‘Many companies allow their workers to work flexitime, and others allow their employees to work from home.’
    • ‘It's clear that most companies still fail to offer flextime to their employees, despite the fact that it's a relatively easy, low-cost benefit that could make life less stressful for working moms and increase their productivity.’
    • ‘Eighty-two percent of education employers offer flextime, and 53 percent allow job sharing.’
    • ‘All 17 companies offer employees telecommuting and job-sharing options; 16 offer flextime.’
    • ‘This could include flexitime, home working, job sharing and staggered hours.’
    • ‘Our first article asks whether the workplace reforms feminists have worked hard for, such as flextime, childcare, and job sharing, are enough, and suggests that more radical change is really needed.’
    • ‘Flexible working hours can take the form of annualised hours, compressed hours, flexitime, home working or job sharing.’
    • ‘It has all the key features of a time and attendance system geared to accommodate flexitime and annualised hours solutions in an Irish employment situation.’
    • ‘Making childcare more affordable would help both mothers and fathers, as would flextime, better health care benefits and more opportunities for family leave.’
    • ‘Unlike flexitime, staff do not have to work so many hours a day.’
    • ‘The meeting heard speeches about the attacks on the 35-hour week, flexitime, shift allowances and so on.’
    • ‘These employees will demand a slew of new benefits such as flextime and child and elder care programs.’
    • ‘Some of those adjustments include: Dress down Fridays, telecommuting (working from home with fax and modem) job sharing, flextime hours, and parenting support groups.’
    • ‘The UK legislation also allows the employer to refuse flextime if it produces a detrimental effect on the ability to meet customer demand.’
    • ‘A massive contract to ensure the smooth running of flexitime for the whole of Scotland's civil service has been won by an award-winning York company.’
    • ‘One solution, Conran believes, could be flexitime, with employees choosing, within certain limits, when to start and end their working day.’
    • ‘Sure, there is talk of flextime, day care, and job-sharing, but these reforms just rearrange when women do the same amount of caretaking work-they don't lessen the overall work load.’
    • ‘The report also showed that 80 per cent of nurses working flexitime were satisfied with their hours, while those on the rotation system were the most unhappy.’


1970s: blend of flexible and time.