The pilot phase of Future of Work extended until June 30
The University of Iowa will extend the current pilot phase of Future of Work until June 30, 2022, to enable the collection and reporting of more data and feedback on current hybrid, remote and flexible working arrangements.
The IU had initially set the end of the pilot phase for December 31, with a final report expected on March 31, 2022. The extension of the pilot project provides a bridge between the current working arrangements and the decisions that could be taken on the basis of the final report.
The expansion of the pilot makes sense for the campus, says Cheryl Reardon, associate vice president and chief human resources officer.
â€œRecruiting and retaining employees is a big factor right now,â€ Reardon says. â€œWith the low unemployment rates in the area, employees are in high demand and many employers offer high wages and flexibility in working hours. To remain competitive, we also need to be flexible.
Plus, Reardon says, the campus and the community are still responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Allowing workplace flexibility promotes employee well-being and helps employees cope with the pressures many employees face, such as childcare, K-12 quarantine protocols, and care of sick limbs of the family.
Working conditions extension process
The university will follow this process to extend or revise the current working arrangements.
- Supervisors will communicate with employees to discuss and review their current work regime.
- Supervisors, in consultation with senior HR managers, can then recommend changes or modifications to the current working arrangements or recommend that they remain the same.
- Deans and vice-presidents will review the working arrangements of their colleges and units.
- If changes are made, employees will be given at least 30 days notice.
If no changes are made to the current work regime, the current form in employee self-service will automatically update with the end date of June 30, 2022.
If any changes or modifications are made, a new Work Arrangement Form will need to be completed and approved by January 28, 2022.
All working arrangements outside of Iowa will require a new self-service submission form.
Additional information on the Future of Work initiative is available on the UHR website.