We envision an environment that supports our best work, regardless of location, in pursuit of our mission of academics, research, health care and public service. We will embrace and support an innovative workforce model with a diverse set of talented staff that meets the operational needs of the University while fairly and consistently optimizing staff work location and schedule flexibility where feasible to create an exceptional work experience.
Leaders should follow the five steps below to determine their department’s appropriate workforce model. Each step builds upon the previous to provide leaders with an opportunity to clarify and specify the best workforce model that will accommodate unit needs as well as enable staff to be the most successful.
Review your organizations business and operational needs.
Determine how the work done in your unit aligns with your unit’s mission, objectives, work culture, services, and service hours.
How will these workforce decisions impact your unit’s workspace and technology needs?
When thinking about jobs and tasks, start by understanding the critical drivers of productivity of your team: energy, focus, coordination, and cooperation.
Leaders need to be intentional about how to build and maintain a collaborative and inclusive work environment regardless of where staff are working.
Once leaders have collected all of the data elements identified in the Consideration for the Future of Work, they will proceed through the following six steps to ensure a successful implementation of their workforce model.
Using the Staff Workforce Planning guidelines, complete the Staff Workforce Plan Template to articulate the business reasons and plans for your future state workforce model.
Follow your unit’s chain of command to receive the necessary approvals.
Provide tools to monitor effectiveness of new workforce model and empower staff to share feedback.
Engage staff throughout the decision-making process to keep them informed.
Once implemented, continuously monitor for ongoing effectiveness.
Recognize and be okay that this will likely be an evolving workforce plan.