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What is Flexible Work

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Flexible work is the opportunity to vary how work requirements and obligations are fulfilled regardless of when (time) or where (place) the work is done. 

During the past year, the world has changed and the workplace has evolved. Stanford is no different. The experience of these recent months has shifted our collective thinking and we have had important learnings that we seek to leverage.

In recent pulse surveys, we learned:

  • There is a strong satisfaction with team engagement and collaboration while working remotely.

  • A majority of staff employees feel they can fulfill their job requirements with greater work flexibility after the pandemic.

  • When it comes to on-site work, staff employees look forward to seeing colleagues and find collaboration easier in-person.

Current Challenges and Opportunities

To help us navigate our flexible work journey, we must recognize the challenges and opportunities and align on expectations.

  • Support consistency as schools/units begin defining and piloting new work arrangements.

  • Maintain university and school/unit cultures while becoming more flexible.

  • Reset expectations and creating a positive employee experience after most of us have been away from the office for more than a year.

  • Align on terminology and clear definitions (e.g., for “hybrid” and “remote work”).

  • Recognize that some schools/units are further ahead while others are just starting this process.

  • Develop agility to navigate a rapidly changing landscape in terms of what other companies/industries are deciding for flexible work.