Action Step – Reduced Hours Policies: Considerations in the New Workplace

The Alliance’s Action Steps are designed to assist organizations with implementing practical strategies and policies related to diversity and flexibility. Members can access full versions of all of the Alliance’s Action Steps in the Member Resource Center.

Our 2022 Law Firm Flexibility Benchmarking Study (“2022 Study”) found that the prevalence of formal reduced hours policies remained high (91.2% in our 2022 Study vs. 90% in our 2019 Study). Additionally, our 2022 Study demonstrated that other forms of flexibility have significantly increased since the pandemic, namely hybrid/virtual work (80.9% in our 2022 Study vs. 48% in our 2019 Study) and flexible start-end times (69.1% in our 2022 Study vs. 24% in our 2019 Study). The pandemic increased acceptance of and demand for hybrid/virtual work and flexible start-end times. While most organizations currently have reduced hours policies in place, these policies need to be reviewed and revamped to make sure that they still work effectively considering other flexible work and hybrid policies. Below are the Alliance’s recommendations for creating and revamping reduced hours policies in today’s workplace:

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