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Flexible Work

Learn more about the university's plans to challenge existing assumptions and re-imagine the way we work.

Updated Dec. 3, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally changed the way we work. In response, the Flexible Workplace Committee was initiated as a working group for the Long-term Recovery Team.

The Committee was charged with examining and challenging pre-pandemic business assumptions in an effort to offer flexible work arrangements that allow employees to excel in meeting both Stanford’s and school/unit business needs, as well as foster work-life integration and support our workforce in addressing continuing affordability challenges.

"As an education and research institution we encourage creativity, learning and experimentation. Applying this mindset to re-imagine work is important – and takes courage to intentionally change where, when, and how we work. There will be trial and error as we iterate and evolve our work practices to support the mission, achieve business goals, foster overall well-being, increase diversity and maintain collaboration."

-- Elizabeth Zacharias, Vice President for Human Resources

Flexible Work Committee Recommendations

If you have comments or ideas to share with the work stream leads, please use the Flexible Work form.

  • Offer all staff increased options and work flexibility.

  • Establish standard criteria for evaluating job functions to be on-site, hybrid and fully remote sites. 

  • Drive toward a uniform set of policies for compensation and benefits for remote workers. 

  • Adopt uniform tools and templates that support aspects of this entire program and enhance enterprise systems to support flexible and/or remote work. 

  • Encourage units to transition to shared workstations where appropriate to sustain culture and achieve operational efficiencies. 

  • Set up an Office of Employee Experience in order to help units transition to a hybrid work environment and enable early adopters.