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Flexible Work News & Insights

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Updated September 12, 2023

Here you’ll find Stanford news and announcements as well as industry news stories about flexible work.

News and Announcements

Cardinal at Work Insider (September 6, 2023): Building the future of distributed work at Stanford. Embracing a culture of shared responsibility enables us to balance the flexibility we value with the connection and coordination we need.



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Stanford University IT (July 18, 2022): Flex your shared workspaces. The new Cardinal Flex Workspace Reservation System enables space administrators to manage their shared workspaces easily, and staff without a dedicated workspace to quickly find and reserve a shared workspace for days when they are in a campus office. 



Cardinal at Work Insider (July 5, 2022): Flexible work at Stanford: Present state and future steps.  Our employees transformed our approach to work and, in the process, embraced new ways of working.



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




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

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Journal Nature (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.

How Virtual Meetings Can Limit Creative Ideas

Wharton Professor Adam Grant shares another take on this study: No, You Don't Have to Meet in Person.

On Hybrid Work

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Forbes (March 6, 2022): Caroline Castrillon provides five helpful tips for all of us to consider for making our hybrid work experience successful, including creating healthy boundaries, focusing on outcomes, and investing in team building.

5 Tips To Thrive In A Hybrid Work Environment


On the Importance of Adaptability

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Harvard Business Review IdeaCast (February 22, 2022): 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.

Why Some Companies Thrived During the Pandemic