The Task Force
The Task Force on Workplace Culture was an 18-member task force co-chaired by the Vice President for Human Resources, Amanda Bailey, and Senior Diversity Officer, Andrea Taylor. The purpose of the task force was to identify and assess activities, events, and programs supporting the University’s culture. In addition, members reviewed survey results, peer benchmark data, and other documents to generate recommendations that impacted the University’s work culture indicators. To view this committee’s former members, click here.
The Mission & Objectives
The task force’s goal was to assess existing practices and staff perceptions of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the work environment and recommend systemic improvements to address gaps in perceptions. The task force relied on the assessments, feedback, and recommendations from other constituent groups and its members to learn best practices for staff engagement and development. Input from constituents reflected the diverse community at the University, such as diversity by race, age, gender preference, generation, disability, and sexual orientation.
Subcommittees were established to discuss and address the Task Force’s priorities outlined below.
This group examined DE&I programs and activities at the University to understand where these programs and activities occurred, their purpose, and how they supported the University’s DEI strategic plan goals. The group gained insight into how DE&I work is implemented successfully at BU and who the change-makers are across the University.
This group surveyed staff on remote work and recommended other forms of flexible work arrangements, particularly to meet the needs of employees who cannot work remotely. This group reviewed other flexible work models from peer institutions and analyzed how BU could implement certain elements.
This group identified supervisors’ skills and competencies to effectively manage their teams in hybrid work environments across BU. This group also identified leadership competencies based on best practices.
2022 Flexible Staff Survey Results
In July 2022, the Flexible Work Subcommittee distributed a survey to all BU staff members regarding the University’s remote work policy. The survey goals were to identify how staff perceive current remote work options, understand why remote work is important to them, hear from staff ineligible for remote work, and identify other work options that could be extended to them. Survey participation was high, with 50% of eligible staff members sharing their opinion and experiences.
Members of the Flexible Work Subcommittee spent months meticulously reading thousands of open-ended comments and analyzing the data to report key trends and themes. While the process was intense, as full-time staff members themselves, subcommittee members felt personally connected to the subject matter and committed to creating a report of results that were thorough and reliable for the BU community.
The survey results guided the TFWC’s recommendations to senior leadership regarding improvements to the current remote work policies submitted in December 2022. The recommendations included the following:
- Increase remote work options
- Formalize guidelines for flexible work & seasonal flexible work
- Institutionalize a staff advisory council
The subcommittee also presented the results to several leadership groups on campus. After much consideration, President Robert A. Brown announced that remote work is here to stay, and BU needs to implement university-wide guidelines for flexible work, flexible seasonal work, and establish a BU Staff Advisory Council (BU-SAC). The BU-SAC will foster direct and regular communication between staff and University leadership to identify and address issues that affect our workplace culture and identify areas of improvement.
Please click here to view the survey results.
2022 Annual Report
This report offers insights and recommendations based on the TFWC’s priorities. The 2022 annual report can be accessed here. For questions related to this report, please contact Amanda Bailey, Vice President of Human Resources, at email@example.com or call the Office of the Vice President in Human Resources at 617-353-4480.
From the DE&I Subcommittee
- Article: Four Steps to Create a Truly Inclusive Culture. 2019. Forbes.com
- Book: Inclusion Revolution: The Essential Guide to Dismantling Racial Inequity in the Workplace. 2022. Daisy Auger Dominguez
- TED Talk: The Power of Diversity Within Yourself. 2018. Rebeca Hwang
- TED Talk: 3 Ways to Be a Better Ally in the Workplace. 2018. Melinda Briana Epler
- Podcast: Cultivate a Trans-Inclusive Workplace. 2020. Harvard Business Review
From the Flexible Work Subcommittee
- Podcast: Managing the Future of Work. 2019. Bill Kerr and Joe Fuller. Harvard Business School
- Blog: Why Employee Flexibility is the New Workplace Watchword. 2021. Maggie Wooll.
- Article: Why Flexible Work is Essential to your DEI Strategy. 2022. Sheela Subramanian & Ella F. Washington. Harvard Business Review.
- TED Talk: The Case for a 4-Day Work Week. 2022. Juliet Schor
- TED (Podcast & Transcript): Rethinking Flexibility at Work. 2022. Adam Grant
From the Leader Development Subcommittee
- Webcast: Leading Through Turbulent Times. April 2022. The Conference Board*
- Podcast: How to Develop Your People in a Post-Pandemic World. 2022. Excel Communications.
- Article: How Fast Feedback Fuels Performance. 2022. Denise Mclain & Iseult Morgan. Gallup
- Book: Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action. 2011. Simon Sinek
- Book: Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done. 2002. Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan
- TED Talk: What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work by Dan Ariely
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If you have questions, concerns, or information you’d like to share, please email Amanda Bailey, Vice President for Human Resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 617-353-4480.