FWA Talking Points

How does the new policy impact me individually?

  • The new policy provides guidance for unit leaders and managers to better understand flexible work possibilities and form a strategy to apply it where appropriate. 
  • Staff members can also review the policy to learn more about flexible work, but decisions on who is able to work flexibly and in what format (hybrid, remote, alternate schedule, etc.) is ultimately made by unit leaders, in conversation with managers and HR Strategic Partners. 
  • It is important to remember that flexible work may not be compatible with all staff roles. 

What recourse do I have if I feel my request was unfairly denied?

As with any employment-related issue, employees can speak with their HR Strategic Partner if they believe their request for flexible work was denied without proper cause. HR Strategic Partners can work with the Employee Relations team to review any issues.

Is my current flexible work arrangement going to end due to this new policy?

The new policy does not automatically cause any current work arrangements to end. However, work arrangements for all staff must be compatible with the flexible work philosophy laid out by your leadership. 

Does having a flexible work arrangement just mean working remotely?

Remote work is just one type of flexible work arrangement. Flexible work arrangements take into account the needs of the unit as well as the needs of staff in order to remove some traditional constraints to working in an office setting. This could mean working a hybrid schedule, a compressed work week, mid-day flex time, and more.

As a reminder, work arrangements for all staff must be compatible with the flexible work philosophy laid out by your leadership.

If my request for a flexible work arrangement is approved, is there a chance it could be discontinued?

Approved flexible work arrangements can be discontinued at the discretion of unit leadership. Any performance issues will be handled in the same way they are for staff members who do not have a flexible work arrangement.

Why do some units or departments support flexible work arrangements while others do not?

Due to the size and complexity of the University, staff members have a variety of roles and customers. The new policy recognizes this and gives unit leaders the discretion to apply staff flexible work arrangements in a way that works for their business needs. The policy, related resources, and partnership between managers, unit HR, and leaders seeks to build equity into the request and approval process. However, equity does not guarantee the same result for everyone, given the diverse needs of the University.