Workplace Flexibility

Guiding Principles of Flexible Work Arrangements

  • Flexible work is a mutually beneficial business strategy.
  • Flexible work is a resource to improve productivity and morale. 
  • The university needs remain the priority. The arrangement must align with the office or department’s goals, including productivity, cost effectiveness, and service to internal and external customers.
  • The job tasks must be adaptable to the flexible arrangement.
  • The individual's prior performance must support the requirements of the flexible arrangement.
  • Performance is evaluated on results, not when or where you work.
  • Flexible arrangements must themselves remain flexible.
  • Flexible work requests are to be evaluated on a reason-neutral basis.
  • Flexible arrangements are to be transparent, equitable, and communicated to all.
  • Flexible arrangements are to be documented, regularly evaluated, and are subject to termination.
  • Flexibility is a partnership with all parties affected.

One of the Seven Pillars of Worklife Effectiveness, Workplace Flexibility is a crucial driver of employee well-being and performance and is responsive to the changing professional and personal demographics of the multi-generational workforce.

Workplace Flexibility is achieved through Flexible Work Arrangements (FWA).

When properly managed, FWAs reduce turnover, lower absenteeism and increase job satisfaction. They promote diversity and inclusion, cross-training, and have a positive impact on workplace culture, morale and employee recruitment, engagement and retention. FWA options support three campus initiatives: Principles of Community, Sustainability and Wellness.  

This information is designed to acquaint users with different ways of working and to assist both employees and managers/supervisors with the decisions needed to implement flexibility that is mutually beneficial.

Flexible Work Arrangement Options:

  • Compressed Workweek: an arrangement which condenses one or more standard workweeks into fewer, longer days.
  • Flextime: an arrangement that allows an employee to alter the starting and/or end time of her/his workday. Employees still work the same number of scheduled hours as they would under a traditional schedule.
  • Telework: an arrangement in which an employee regularly performs work at a remote worksite (such as home, library or business center) for a specified portion of the workweek.

Proposals for FWAs should focus on results, predictability, reciprocity and how the work will be accomplished without negative impact on co-workers and customers. Keep in mind that many jobs require employees to be on-site full-time or at regularly scheduled times. Managers/Supervisors are not obligated to grant requests and some units may not be suited to FWAs.

Forms and Guidelines 

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