What is Workplace Flexibility at UNH?
UNH strives to be an Employer of Choice and aims for high employee satisfaction. The university also considers sustainability in offering flexible work arrangements and works toward consistency in the offering of flexibility across campus.
In 2011 UNH established a Flexible Work Arrangements Task Force to explore flexible work schedule policies and practices that align with the University's strategic planning goals, help employees sustain work/life balance, and save energy and resources, among other benefits. As a result of those efforts, the information here now provides access to best practices, policies and processes for employees and supervisors, in support of proposed flexible work arrangements at the University of New Hampshire.
UNH believes workplace flexibility can support the university in a number of areas, including:
- Capitalizing on new approaches to the allocation of time in pursuing our mission of teaching, research and service.
- Recognizing the reality that employees increasingly face the challenge of balancing personal and professional demands, and that those demands may change during a UNH career.
- Remaining competitive in recruiting and retaining talented employees by paying attention to contemporary practices of employers of choice.
- Supporting a university interest in utilizing our physical assets more fully to achieve economies and increase revenue producing activity year round.
- Mitigating the tendency of traditional calendars and schedules to lead to the need to maintain peak transportation, parking and energy capacity.
- Taking advantage of new information technologies to make possible opportunities for many employees to effectively perform some work at home or in remote sites.
- Supporting a strong performance-based culture focused on results whereby flexible work arrangements and a results orientation need not be at odds, but can be a win-win for the university and its staff.
To support employees and supervisors in developing flexible work arrangements, the information on these pages address the key components and process of a formal flexible work arrangement request. Please use the navigation menu on the left to access this information.
Check out this film on Workplace Flexibility - A short video made by the Sloan Foundation and the Families & Work Institute as part of the Focus on Workplace Flexibility Conference on 11/29/10 - 11/30/10. The video examines the case for workplace flexibility, both as a response to the changing needs of the U.S. workforce and as a strategy to help businesses recruit, retain, and increase the productivity of their workers.
A special thanks to all the members of the 2011-2012 Flexible Work Arrangements Task Force for their diligence and commitment to the development of workplace flexibility guidelines implemented by the University of New Hampshire.