What is a Flexible Workplace?
A flexible workplace can mean many different plans depending on the role and function of the unit and individuals who make up its work force.
While there is no one-size-fits-all approach, some elements of a flexible plan may include:
- Flexible schedule
- Remote workspace
- Shared workspaces that focus on collaborative or creative interaction
- Reservable space at various locations on our campuses
- Rotating or variable schedules
A flexible workplace plan will vary based on how employees interact with the campuses they serve. For example, some offices that are primarily “back office” may be able to operate effectively with employees who are partially or fully remote. Other offices that are “front-facing” for student, colleagues, or the public, may be effective with modified remote schedule.
Some important terms related to flexible workplace plans:
- Remote Work - the practice of an employee working at their home, or in some other place that is not an organization's usual place of business.
- On-Site – The practice of employee working at the organization’s usual place of business. The employee may have a permanent work location, or a flexible work location made available to the department and schedulable by the employee.
- Hybrid Work - The practice of an employee practicing a combination of remote and on-site work as needed to perform the expectations of their job duties.
- Core Hours - Period of hours each day/week when department must be staffed at an appropriate level.
- Peak Periods - Cyclical times of the year when business activity or work volume is high during which the department must be staffed on site at specified level. Employees may be required to work on campus for their regular schedule. *