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Alternative Work Strategies Policy Statement

The Division of Student Affairs has a commitment to cultivating organizational health. As such Student Affairs recognizes that staff members may face competing demands from their work and personal lives and supports alternative work strategies where possible.

Alternative work strategies are a key component of work/life effectiveness and a source of many added benefits, such as improved productivity, enhanced staff engagement, and opportunities for cross training.

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Purpose

This policy was developed to standardize the process for managing Alternative Work Strategies across the division. It is intended to be used for ongoing variations to the usual work arrangement.

Audience

All staff occupying a benefits eligible position within Student Affairs are affected by this policy.

Definitions

Alternative Work Strategies

An agreement initiated by the employee between the employee and employer of a variation to the usual work arrangement. Examples include: remote work, flextime, compressed workweek, part-time work, and job sharing. Leaves of absence and accommodations including medical leaves and disability accommodations are managed separately and are not alternative work strategies.

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Implementation

Consequences of Violating this Policy

Alternative Work Strategies are a benefit offered by Student Affairs to help staff balance the demands of their personal life with their work life. Any violations of this policy or the approved agreement may result in loss of eligibility, revocation of the alternative work strategy, or corrective action up to and including termination.

Violations may include but are not limited to:

Related Information

History

The Office of Student Engagement piloted a flextime program in 2016. The purpose of this program was to establish guidelines of how staff could support students during evening and weekend hours while still meeting the needs of the department. The pilot was viewed as a success. Staff satisfaction ratings around the number of hours worked has consistently improved without the loss of productivity in the Student Engagement area.

In 2018, Student Affairs set a division priority of developing a better understanding of flexible work arrangements and creating communications of the existing HR policies. Several Student Affairs departments and their leadership collaborated on the development of a flexible work arrangement policy. Student Affairs introduced its first Flexible Work Arrangement Policy in September of 2019.

In 2021, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Student Affairs reframed its policy to match the University’s new guidance on Alternative Work Strategies.