The way that people work is evolving. One major development that became clear in 2020 is that many can have a flexible work style and still be just as effective. Thousands of us have experienced how working remotely can promote high productivity, enhance creativity and innovation, support health and well-being, and create a dynamic work experience.
Types of Flexible Work Options
At U-M, we have long had a variety of work schedules and locations to match the needs of both our staff and faculty as well as contribute to the university’s mission of excellence in teaching, research, and service. The types of flexible work options that are in use include:
- Flexible start and stop time
- Compressed schedule
- Job share
- Remote or flexible workplace
- Phased retirement
- Gradual return
As we continue to reimagine the how, where, and when of our work, the information in this section is to help both employees and managers with the decisions needed to implement flexibility that is mutually beneficial.
Tips for Success
While the transition will pose some challenges, we can all help out by being understanding and supportive of one another. Here are a few key suggestions to help you be effective in working remotely.
- Be sure you have the tools you need to work remotely. For example, if you have a laptop, be sure to take your power cable. The ITS Remote Resource Guide contains a list of recommended technology resources, including information on safe computing while working remotely.
- Be sure you're connected - Internet connection will be key for maintaining your ability to do work outside of the office. Check with your provider to ensure your connection speed is good. Some are also offering special services for those with limited means.
- Stay social. Interpersonal connection is important, even if it is done virtually. When connecting with your colleagues, be sure to take time to talk about what's working and in what ways you need support.
- See more working remotely tips for success.