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Workplace Flexibility 2010 has coined the term "Episodic Time Off" or "EPTO" to describe the type of workplace flexibility needed to address the recurring need for time off - sometimes regular, sometimes sporadic, sometimes foreseeable, sometimes not - for which Short Term Time Off is insufficient and which a Flexible Work Arrangement cannot resolve. Evidence illustrates that across the lifespan, for a variety of reasons, the need and desire for EPTO are great.


Prepared on behalf of Workplace Flexibility 2010 by Jean Flatley McGuire, PhD and Kaitlyn Kenney, Doctoral Candidate; Northeastern University, Bouve College of Health Sciences.