Cornell Promotes Workplace Flexibility with Revised Policy

The University announced Policy changes which will increase flexibility and dialogue between employees and supervisors in the workplace...

By Samantha Acriche via the Cornell Daily Sun, 3/10/15

The University announced changes to Policy 6.6.13 Thursday, which will increase flexibility and dialogue between employees and supervisors in the workplace.

The changes will revise current policy on alternative arrival and departure times, compressed schedules, timekeeping, job share arrangements, overtime and remote work, according to the University.

With more flexible working arrangements enabled by the policy changes, the University aims to “enable staff and management to serve customers well” as well as allow employees to balance their personal and professional obligations.

Mary Opperman, vice president for human resources and safety services and Allan Bishop, associate vice president for human resources, recruitment and employment center, were the leading administrators in charge of implementing the policy changes with help from the Career and Life Services Offices, according to the release.

The updated policy will benefit all Cornell employees including regular employees, supervisors, administrators, deans and directors, as well as department heads and human resource representatives, according to the policy.

Human resources and safety services will provide both training and resources to help teach better communication and flexibility in the workplace. The policy, as well as Cornell’s human resources website, lists a set of instructions that explain how situations should be handled.

The information will allow for a smooth transition for supervisors and employees with the new policy and will answer any questions that workers may have, according to the University.

One of the major improvements made is the addition of an online tool, which allows employees to send in request forms, according to the University.  Employees will now send these forms to their supervisors when they hope to alter their work schedules.

Sarah Chandler ’18, an employee at Cornell Dining, said she appreciated the revisions to the policy in regards to her work hours and breaks on her shift.

“I enjoy how flexible [Cornell is] in allowing me to work when I need to,” Chandler said. “They’re lenient about letting you take time off, and you get two weeks to make up the shift that you missed … The mandatory paid breaks are nice, too, and the fact that if you work for six hours you get two breaks.”

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