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Flexible Work Announcements and Insights

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Updated May 18, 2022

Here you’ll find a summary of leadership announcements communications and industry news stories about flexible work at Stanford.


  • February 8, 2022 - Email to Stanford employees: Elizabeth Zacharias, VP for Human Resources, shares an update on flexible work policies and the changes to our implementation approach.

  • January 20, 2022 - Campus Conversation (recording): President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Persis Drell provided updates on campus planning, while Lloyd Minor, dean of the School of Medicine, and Kristan Staudenmayer, associate professor of surgery, discussed the current state of the pandemic.

  • July 28, 2021 - Email to Stanford managers: Elizabeth Zacharias, VP for Human Resources, and the Flexible Work team share an addendum to the Manager Playbook.

  • July 27, 2021 - Stanford Today: Stanford Campus Conversation details what return to on-site work will look like this fall

  • July 27, 2021 - Campus Conversation (recording): President Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Provost Persis Drell and guest presenters Yvonne (Bonnie) Maldonado, Senior Associate Dean, Faculty Development and Diversity; Taube Professor of Global Health and Infectious Diseases; Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases) and of Epidemiology and Population Health (School of Medicine), and Elizabeth Zacharias, Vice President for Human Resources share details for fall quarter, including updates on flexible work.

  • June 18, 2021 - Email to Stanford managers: Elizabeth Zacharias, VP for Human Resources, and the Flexible Work team introduce the Flexible Work initiative and Manager Playbook.


There is a wealth of information, insights and advice regarding hybrid and remote work these days.  Below you’ll find a curated list of recent articles and podcasts that you may find helpful or illuminating.

On Virtual Communication (Video Conferencing)

April 27, 2022: Jonathan Levav (Stanford) and Melanie Brucks (Columbia) explore how virtual communication can curb creative idea generation - and may help with decision making. 

And check out Wharton Professor Adam Grant’s website for another take on this study.

Five Tips to Thrive in a Hybrid Work Environment

March 6, 2022: Caroline Castrillon, Forbes

This brief article provides five helpful tips for all of us to consider for making our hybrid work experience successful.

On the Importance of Adaptability

Why Some Companies Thrived During the Pandemic

February 22, 2022: Harvard Business Review IdeaCast

This 23 minute podcast underscores the importance of remaining agile and adaptable as we continue to explore how best to structure our new ways of working.