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There are 3 comments on Videos: BU Staff Talk about the Future of Staff Work Survey

  1. This is all pretty confusing to me. Dr. Brown’s email says everyone needs to be in the office, but these staff members are saying they are hoping for a flexible work schedule? Which is it? I am hoping that BU makes a decision about this sooner than later, because I am frankly getting tired of this inconsistent communication. Working from home works for most people, so why not give people the option. People who want to commute and sit at their desk can, while others who want to work from home most of the time can as well. As long as everyone is getting their work done, I don’t understand the need to have thousands of people back on campus if they aren’t public facing offices.

    1. I too was surprised to see President Brown’s email just after the survey was distributed. It sounds like the email is saying that the goal is to have half of staff back to campus by June 14 (unclear exactly what “back to campus” means because that could mean that some staff work on campus part of the time and work remotely part of the time). The next sentence in the email references a “full population of the campus before the end of August,” which again I suppose doesn’t necessarily mean all staff have to be working on campus all of the time, but I am with you, the message has been confusing. For those who can do their jobs from anywhere, it would be unreasonable for the University to force them to work on campus all the time.

      Excerpt from the President Brown email: “I have asked the administrative and academic leadership to start the process of bringing our staff back to campus with the goal of achieving 50 percent staffing levels by June 14, in line with current state and city guidelines. We anticipate the public occupancy standards to be adjusted upward, allowing for more people to return to campus, with likely full population of the campus before the end of August.”

  2. I have no issue with letting people work from home if it’s sensible for their area of responsibility.

    However, is it fair to make staff who are public facing and must come to campus pay for parking while others who previously drove to work can now pocket that difference? I pay $2,160/year to park at BUMC. I’d much rather sock that away and be a green commuter but guess what? BUMC is nowhere near a commuter rail stop (unlike the CRC).

    This is going to be an interesting morale experiment, and I suspect those who are forced to come to work with no concessions or accommodations at all will quickly grow disaffected.

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