New Future of Work Resources (08/02/2021)

Dear Colleagues:

I hope you are enjoying the summer and getting some much-needed time to relax with family and friends. As we move closer to the start of the university’s in-person fall semester, I want to share an update about our future of work planning.

All of our B&F teams are in the process of determining their arrangements for the fall, including whether employees will work on-site, work remotely, or will combine a hybrid of both work modes. Please connect with your supervisor for more specific information about what to expect for your department. October 4, 2021 is the date when new work arrangements will take effect. Employees currently working remotely should continue to do so until then, unless otherwise directed by their supervisor.

As you have likely read in President Schlissel’s latest communication that beginning August 30, 2021, all students, faculty, and staff will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 — this includes staff who will continue to work remotely. In addition, B&F employees who will be working on-site, even in a hybrid capacity, are still required to complete the university’s COVID training. The module, COVID-19: Working Safely at U-M, is available to all employees through MyLINC. 

As I mentioned earlier this spring, we have convened a small working group of executive team members and human resource directors who are fleshing out key details about the future of work in B&F. We have also enlisted the support of senior B&F communications professionals to develop mechanisms to keep our B&F community apprised of key information. 

To that end, I am pleased to announce that we have established a special “Future of Work” landing page on our B&F website, where you can find the most up-to-date information about fall planning. In addition to links to key resources across campus regarding COVID and campus-wide planning, the new landing page includes a B&F-specific “frequently asked questions” section that will be continuously updated as new information becomes available.

I encourage you to visit this page and review the related resources. Additional FAQs will be added based on input from staff, so please feel free to submit additional questions or concerns using the submission form located on the page. There are still some things we don’t know and will provide updates as that information becomes available or as conditions change.

We recognize that the continued uncertainty the pandemic has caused about the future of work is stressful. I very much appreciate your continued patience, grace, and flexibility as we forge the road ahead together.