Workplace Flexibility

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Telecommuting During COVID-19

UPDATED, 18 March: FAQs below have been revised in light of Iowa's state of emergency declaration. Check back regularly for additional updates.
University of Iowa employees have been directed to work remotely following a state of emergency declaration from the State of Iowa. 

University Human Resources advises employees to consult directly with their supervisors or local human resources representatives about telecommuting arrangements. Please use the FAQs below for telecommuting guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Also see these tips on working remotely, including advice for establishing an effective routine,  communication, self-care, professional development, and more.

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Yes, supervisors can assign alternate work, special projects, or professional development activities to allow employees to continue working while remaining at home. 

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No. Given the State of Iowa’s “state of emergency” proclamation, telecommuting agreements do not need to be formally documented at this time. We encourage employees to communicate with their supervisors directly.  

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No. Keep in touch with your supervisor about your situation. The health and safety of your family is the priority. 

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At this time, we do not know how long employees will be asked to work from home. 

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The equipment and access needed will be specific to each job. Information Technology Services has a comprehensive check-list of items to consider when making the preparations to work off-campus. Talk to your local IT support if you are interested in bringing equipment home for this temporary period. 

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Please talk to your supervisor or human resources representative about your options. If you have concerns about your ability to work from home, you should visit with your human resources representative.  

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It is expected that some work, especially teaching and teaching-support activities, will be completed remotely while courses are being delivered virtually. Supervisors should also be able to identify research-related work that could be completed remotely, such as literature reviews and writing. Graduate assistants should discuss their specific situation with their supervisors to determine what work they will perform remotely.

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