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Alternative work arrangements available for staff

“The Chancellor and President, Executive Vice Provost, and Vice Presidents will have the option of establishing an alternative work arrangement for positions designated as eligible to perform work at an alternative worksite other than on the University’s main or branch campuses or work a flexible schedule.” — URP 05.620

 

In anticipation of TWU employees returning to work on their respective campuses Aug. 9, human resources officials have developed a policy to assist departments in developing alternative work arrangements for staff.

Amy Hall, executive director of the TWU Office of Human Resources, said university leaders requested the development of a new policy that combined the original flex work and telecommuting policies. Jason Tomlinson, vice president for finance and administration, said those two policies often come into play, so it made sense to combine them. However, some changes were needed.

“The old policies were drafted more from the perspective of an employee or supervisor making a request, and what we first need to focus on is what best serves the university’s mission and business needs,” Tomlinson said. “What HR has done that I think is of most value is the guide, which helps departments think through all of the important issues to be considered.”

Under the new policy, alternative work arrangements include:

  • Flexible schedules
  • Telecommuting
  • A combined arrangement of a flexible schedule and telecommuting

All alternative work arrangements must be reviewed with the supervisor before submitting a proposed alternative work arrangement agreement form. Although employees currently may have telecommuting agreements in place due to the pandemic, continuing a flexible schedule, telecommuting or combined arrangements will require discussions between the employee and supervisor before submitting a new alternative work arrangement agreement. If an employee chooses to work their regular schedule (i.e., 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday – Friday), an alternative workplace arrangement form is not needed.

Resources to assist with the consideration, development and implementation of alternative work arrangements include:

Contact one of the following if you have questions: 

alternativeworkarrangements@twu.edu

Amelia Grimes, agrimes1@twu.edu

Amy Hall, ahall@twu.edu

Tony Yardley, tyardley@twu.edu