About The Future of Work Town Halls
We are seeking input from you—our dedicated workforce—as we develop a future of work plan that meets two essential goals: fueling the vibrant interactions that are critical for our mission and providing a flexible, welcoming, and dynamic workplace that recognizes how important every one of you is to our university.
Things to know now:
We will maintain current flexible work arrangements through the end of the calendar year (December 31, 2022). Any new university policies or guidelines will be communicated later in the fall and go into effect in January 2023.
Our goal is to bring more people back to campus more of the time. Our character as a leading academic research institution is predicated on in-person interactions among our faculty, staff, students, and neighbors. We need sustained in-person collaboration and connection in order to achieve our education, research, and service mission.
We are committed to the continuation of flexible work modalities well into the future. Even after December, we will not be returning to the era when nearly everyone was required to be on campus five full days a week.
We are seeking your input and feedback as we develop new workplace policies and practices. We will spend the next few months developing a plan for 2023 and beyond. We know our approach has to be customizable at the local level and must provide clear definitions for different work modalities—in person, hybrid, and remote. We want to hear ideas from staff and faculty for the tools and resources needed to support our entire workforce.
Throughout the fall, we are asking managers to gradually increase the frequency of in-person collaboration and work. Even as we explore options for the long term, we want to continue adding more in-person activities, such as staff and department meetings, team building, trainings, and welcoming and onboarding new colleagues. And we must all work together to fully meet the needs of our faculty, students, and researchers when they are on campus.