Telecommuting Policy for Staff Employees
Telecommuting is one of many flexible work arrangements that campus departments may establish for their staff in order to enable them to achieve a more successful balance between work responsibilities and family life. (Other examples include flexible schedules, part-time and partial-year appointments, job sharing, alternate workdays, and alternate work weeks.)
Departments are urged to carefully review both the advantages and the disadvantages before entering into a new telecommuting agreement, to explore the wide variety of arrangements possible, and to address potential problem areas. Pilot programs may be helpful in determining what type of arrangement would be most effective. Also, departments that currently have telecommuting agreements in place are encouraged to review the policy and guidelines before renewing those arrangements, to ensure consistency of application and equitable treatment throughout the department. Remember, however, that what will work well for one position or employee may not work for another. Success depends on both the nature of the work and the nature of the employee.
Here are some links to help you create a telecommuting arrangement:
- Telecommuting policy statement
- Guidelines for developing telecommuting agreements
- Developing a Proposal for a Telecommuting Agreement
- Telecommuting safety checklist
Contact ELR if you have questions or need assistance planning for telecommuting.