Michigan Medicine remote work policy launches with focus on flexibility

July 22, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,
Post-it Note saying "Flexible Working" on a wooden table.

Many departments within Michigan Medicine are conducting conversations with faculty and staff about what the future state of work looks like for their department. These discussions include determining how to maintain business operations while providing flexibility in staffing models and being agile to the changes in the health care industry and the workplace in general.

Human Resources has developed a remote work policy that outlines consistent standards for completing and managing the Michigan Medicine remote work agreement (RWA). Departments and supervisors, working within the requirements and guidelines set forth in the policy, are able to create flexible work environments and arrangements that may blend in-person work and remote work for their employees.

The new remote work policy outlines guidance related to:

  • Defining remote work categories and eligibility
  • Dependents and children being at home during the workday
  • Workspaces
  • Printing documents at home
  • In-state and out-of-state living eligibility and requirements

All Michigan Medicine employees who are working remotely, or at a location other than a Michigan Medicine facility, must have a current RWA on file. These agreements will be required to be reviewed on an annual basis with the employee’s supervisor or when work arrangements change. Departments must enter all current agreements into the MPathways system by Oct. 1, 2021.

Departments are encouraged to focus on plans surrounding their remote workforce staffing models. Once RWAs are entered into the system, data collected from these documents will help inform workplace strategies and decisions within the department and the organization’s current and future space needs.

The Michigan Medicine Flexible First Workforce and Workplace Committee continues to update the Flexible First SharePoint site to support leaders and staff with resource guides related to workforce and workplace planning and links to relevant policies and forms. All employees are encouraged to view the FAQ page to find answers to questions they may have or submit a question to the committee.

A special Town Hall is being planned for August.

Stay tuned to Headlines for more information on that meeting and any future updates from the Michigan Medicine Flexible First Workforce and Workplace Committee.