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Alternative Work Schedules

Alternative work schedules (AWS) are popular in the Federal Government.  Employees use them in a variety of ways; from avoiding peak rush hour traffic, to being able to see children off to school, to having non-weekend time to accomplish errands and other personal business.  Organizations benefit by having more dedicated employees who are able to maximize their productive time and minimize the effects of outside responsibilities.  In some cases, alternative work schedules can enable an organization to better serve customers, who may be in other time zones or have non-traditional schedules themselves.