Flexible and Remote Work Arrangements at MSU

As of 4/7/22, MSU Human Resources has launched a remote work policy that can be found in detail on their website: https://hr.msu.edu/remote_work/.

The university has established new policies for remote work. Providing these policies supports the strategic plan and helps to establish a standard in the workplace. Decisions regarding remote work will be made jointly by unit leadership and supervisors in support of the needs of both the university and the employees. These requests should be evaluated by the approving individual in the context of the work being performed. Position postings can also include language to indicate the position’s “remote friendly” nature when applicable, and applicants will be able to filter for these positions on our Careers website.

The policies are available for both in-state and out-of-state remote work (remote work requests from out of state or internationally will have additional approvals and considerations).

Flexible work arrangements can be a win-win situation for both departments and employees. They can be a useful method to maintain unit service while supporting the personal needs of employees. Over 70% of all businesses offer flexible scheduling as an important factor. 1

How to Decide who Returns to Work: Who vs What

Decisions for remote work arrangements are made within each of the Major Administrative Units (MAUs). To ensure alignment in policy and practices, departments/centers/institutes should first communicate with MAU leadership before moving forward with any workplace decisions. MAUs have the flexibility to determine how their teams work best (in-person or remote), keeping service level needs, equity, and individual circumstances in mind.

Learn about the decision-making protocol used in other settings and how we might apply this idea to returning to campus.

Schedule Flexibility

Studies show that work schedule flexibility can yield many benefits, including increased productivity, improved morale, decreased absences and turnover, and improved work quality. Flexible scheduling reduces stress and healthcare costs and creates an environment where employees are more satisfied with their jobs and lives. 2

Flexible work schedules at MSU entail arrangements between a supervisor and employee that allow the employee to complete their employment duties while working nontraditional schedules.

This site was developed as an easy-to-use resource for employees and supervisors when considering flexible work arrangements. The site explains what flexible schedules are, the different types of options, instructions for developing an arrangement, and much more!

Resources are available to guide your units in implementing the remote work policies for positions identified as remote-friendly within each unit. A great starting point is on the MSU HR website, Remote Work: Guidance for Employees and Supervisors. This web page will provide access to the policies as well as the following:

Remote Work in Action

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If you'd like to talk about remote work or flex work arrangements, please contact worklife@msu.edu or complete our online form (link) and select "Request a Workshop."

1Hewitt Associates Work/Life Survey, 2003-2004.
Casey, J. and Chase, P. Boston College Center for Work & Family, Creating a Culture of Flexibility, 2003.