Alternative work arrangements allow employees to work at home or any location that allows connection to university resources. Additionally, these arrangements are cost effective in terms of administrative space located on campus and help with environmental stewardship by lessening the number of commuters on the road. They are granted to employees with the approval of their supervisor and/or the appointing authority, with the understanding that a supervisor still may change work expectations or an employee’s work schedule, and that changing circumstances may cause the arrangement to be discontinued or modified at any time.
Please keep in mind that not all positions and not all employees are suited to remote working. Each employee must work with their supervisor to determine whether an alternative work schedule is right for the work they do.
Remote working is not an entitlement or universitywide benefit, and it in no way changes the terms and conditions of employment with University of Colorado. Remote workers are held to the same standards and policies as those working on campus, including keeping our university data secure, being responsive and respectful to those we work with, and providing quality work deliverables.
Remote working necessitates a dedicated space that clearly separates your work from your home environment. Even if you can’t dedicate a whole room as your home office, create a space that communicates to you–and the rest of your family–that while you are there, you are at work. It can be anything from a transformed closet to a corner of your living room that has a desk, chair, and computer monitor. Whatever it is, setting space aside helps prevent you from blurring the lines between work and personal life and to maintain a good work-life balance. Here are some considerations for selecting a remote workspace.
Working remotely requires the same diligence in completing work and the same responsiveness to email and phone calls as being physically located in a campus office. Here are the minimum expectations and etiquette for working from home–be sure to speak with your supervisor regarding additional expectations they have for you.