Workplace Flexibility at UNH

Workplace Flexibility at UNH

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Two forums will take place during the week of April 8 to provide an overview of the workplace flexibility program that provides eligible employees the opportunity to have a nontraditional work schedule.

Eligibility varies depending on circumstances; not all jobs lend themselves to flexible workplace arrangements.

The forums, which will be held in MUB Theater I Monday, April 8, from 12:30 p.m.–2 p.m. , or Thursday, April 11, from 1– 2:30 p.m., will offer an overview of eligibility, types of flex work arrangements, challenges and considerations, how to initiate a request for a flexible schedule, and the approval process for supervisors.

In 2011, after extensive research by the UNH Women’s Commission’s work/life balance committee, a task force was established to develop polices and guidelines to support flexible work arrangements. The task force reviewed, among other things, flex time, part time employment, job sharing, a compressed work week, teleworking  and remote working.

An update to the curtailed operation policy allowing for teleworking in the event of inclement weather was piloted in January 2012 as part of the flexible work policy, encouraging managers to allow staff to work from home in bad weather if UNH does not curtail operations.

Since the flexible workplace program was initiated, Human Resources has been developing materials and resources dedicated to bringing more clarity and consistency to flex work arrangements.

Employees and supervisors now have a resource providing guidance and documentation to help craft a new flexible work arrangement or document an existing arrangement. The documentation is available at www.unh.edu/hr/workplace-flexibility .