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Division of Human Resources

Flextime and Telecommuting

The University of South Carolina allows employees to be flexible with their work schedules, when possible, in order to respond to work-life needs.

Employees may utilize approved flextime to accommodate a variety of personal needs including family responsibilities, routine health appointments, physical activity and wellness programs, as well as educational and volunteer activities.

The university's core business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Departments may choose to allow certain employees to work different schedules as long as appropriate coverage for all regular departmental functions are maintained during these core business hours. 

Employees have the option to request two different types of schedules:

  1. A compressed workweek schedule allows you to work four working days instead of five, but you must still work at least 37.5 or 40 hours per week.
  2. A variable workweek allows you to work five working days, but with work hours other than 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

How To Apply
Full-time, part-time and temporary employees are eligible to apply. Complete the Flexible Work Schedule Request [pdf] and submit it to your supervisor for approval. Your supervisor will send all recommendations of approval to the department head or director for final approval. 

Regardless if the request is approved or not, all requests must be sent to the HR Contact for your division, department or campus and kept in departmental files.

For complete information regarding flexible work schedules, please review the guidelines provided on the request form [pdf].   

Telecommuting is a work arrangement where a supervisor allows employees to perform some of their usual job duties away from their central workplace, in accordance with a work agreement.

This type of arrangement is beneficial to both the employee and the employer. It can improve work performance, increase employee retention, reduce commuting costs, reduce departmental costs, allow temporary or permanent job modifications for return-to-work and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and improve an employee’s quality of work life.

How To Apply
Complete the Telecommuting Request Form [pdf] and submit it to your supervisor for approval (if you are a supervisor who is requesting a telecommuting arrangement for an employee, only the Safety and IT Security sections of the request form need to be completed). Your supervisor, department chair, dean or director will review your application while considering the factors outlined in the telecommuting policy [pdf]. If approved, you will be required to complete a Telecommuting Agreement [pdf]

Copies of the request form and agreement should be kept in departmental files and sent to the Division of Human Resources to be placed in the employee’s permanent HR file. Agreements should be reviewed and updated annually or as conditions change.

For more detailed information, including eligibility and conditions of employment, please review the HR policy on Telecommuting [pdf].

Please remember that all work hours must be reported through the university’s time and attendance management system. For more information about entering time, please visit the Policies and Procedures section of this site.

Contact Us

If you have specific questions or concerns that our team can help you address, please contact the Employee Relations Office by emailing or calling 803-777-3821.

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