New Interim Staff Flexible Work Policy Implemented
The University has implemented an interim policy defining and governing flexible work for staff at SLU, including remote work and flexible scheduling arrangements. This new interim policy is effective Oct. 11, 2021.
Approval of the new Interim Staff Flexible Work Policy was driven by SLU’s experience with flexible work arrangements amid the pandemic and by the University’s desire to address the changing dynamics of the workplace.
The development of this new interim policy was an inclusive effort that involved numerous discussion sessions across the University during the last several months. The feedback you provided confirmed an interest in having the University explore and create policies for a more flexible workplace. In addition, stakeholders across the institution helped shape the policy and guidelines we are announcing today.
The interim policy and guidance documents can be found by clicking here. These documents include:
- Interim Staff Flexible Work Policy
- Interim Staff Flexible Work Policy Agreement
- Guidance for Evaluating Staff Flexible Work Arrangement Opportunities
During the next few weeks, we will conduct training sessions for supervisors on the new policies and how they will be implemented throughout the University. If you are a supervisor who will be implementing a flexible work arrangement you will be expected to attend one of the training sessions. You can register for a training session by clicking on one of the links below:
- Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 - 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
- Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 - 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Monday, Oct. 25, 2021 - noon to 1 p.m.
Each academic unit and operational division may determine how the new interim policy is implemented, including providing additional guidelines specific to their staff. Those decisions will be communicated directly from the respective unit or division in the coming days.
The interim flexible work policy and guidance will be evaluated during the fall and spring semesters with the goal of implementing a permanent policy next year.
As we explore a new approach to how we complete our work we must continue to keep our focus on the fact that we are a service-based institution. Our work calls upon us to serve our students, patients, and one another. In this light, we recognize that many of our employees’ roles may not lend themselves to flexible work arrangements and we are grateful for their commitment and presence. For those in roles that do lend themselves to a flexible work arrangement we entrust to them the responsibility of ensuring that our service to students, patients and one another remains the same in a flexible work arrangement as it was when the role was fully present on campus.
Thank you for your continued care for one another and for the mission of Saint Louis University.
Vice President - Human Resources