Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey, will start implementing flexible work arrangements for employees as part of a new pilot program. The Rutgers Future of Work Initiative is a product of the pandemic and seeks to adapt to the new virtual reality.
The year-long pilot program will focus on several aspects, such as employee well-being, recruitment, and retention.
Rutgers Future of Work Initiative
The program, as announced by Jonathan Holloway, the university´s President, was born during the pandemic. As he mentioned in the Rutgers blog:
“Managing the university throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us to be more flexible, resourceful, and resilient while staying focused on what matters most to our students, faculty, staff, and the communities we serve. “As we launch the Future of Work initiative at Rutgers, we will make certain that our students are well-served – that they have reliable and consistent access to people and resources they need, both in-person and online; that they can benefit from the best practices of technology-enhanced teaching and learning; and that we meet their physical and mental health needs as we also support the well-being of our employees.”
Holloway approved all 25 of the university Future of Work Task Force´s short and long-term recommendations. These were created by the university community through employee and student surveys and listening sessions.
Among the primary arrangements, the eligible staff is expected to work at least 3 days per week on campus. The year-long pilot program will start on Sept.1.