UNCG Campus Weekly

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Flexible work schedule this summer

The following message was sent to university employees earlier this week:

Consistent with the objective in our Strategic Plan to “lead the UNC System in enhancing the health and wellness of students and employees,” UNCG initiated a pilot program in summer 2012 that encouraged a flexible work schedule for staff during an eight-week period. Staff Senate and Human Resources recently conducted a survey on the 2012 program and found considerable support for continuation of the program this summer. As a result, I encourage the deans and vice chancellors to make a special effort to facilitate flexible hours from Monday, June 10 through Friday, August 2. Our current Flexible Work Schedule Policy also provides options to departments and employees throughout the year.

While we want to provide flexibility in work schedules, offices must be mindful of two guiding principles that must be followed at all times:

  • An office must have coverage from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and
  • In compliance with Fair Labor Standards Act requirements, all full-time non-exempt employees must work 40 hours per week. The University recognizes that many FLSA exempt employees work a significant number of hours beyond the standard work week of 40 hours.

If you are interested in participating in a flexible work schedule, I recommend discussion of potential options with your supervisor. Keep in mind that the nature of some positions and offices may not allow for this option; however, I am hopeful that most units can find a way to implement a flexible structure, particularly during the summer months.

If you are a supervisor, I encourage you to work with your department, dean, and/or vice chancellor to explore opportunities to implement a flexible work schedule for your staff. Human Resources is available if you need assistance, ideas or guidance with the implementation of a flexible work schedule for your unit. With limited resources and fewer employees due to budget cuts, we all need to think more creatively and strategically in managing our departments.

We are very interested in knowing how this policy is being implemented. If you implement a flexible work schedule, whether you are a supervisor or a staff member, please let Human Resources know. We want to share success stories and ideas with others. Additionally, if there are challenges, or you feel as if this will not work for your area, Human Resources needs to hear about those as well. Dr. Edna Chun, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, can be reached at e_chun@uncg.edu.

I want to thank Staff Senate and Human Resources for their continuing efforts to support the wellness and work/life balance of our employees.

Linda P. Brady