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As we approach the summer semester, with fewer students on campus, Georgia Tech’s senior leadership is encouraging employees and teams to leverage our workplace flexibility. As campus quiets down, we have an opportunity to amplify our values of nurturing the well-being of our community and champion innovation to maintain productivity. 

There are a variety of ways to exercise flexibility while maintaining, and often increasing, productivity, especially in the summer work period between June 5 and August 4.  

“Summer is the ideal time to make use of our available flexwork policies,” said Skye Duckett, vice president and chief human resources officer. “As student activity on campus decreases, our staff can focus on establishing the life-work integration that supports our well-being. We encourage everyone to make use of these arrangements where possible.”  

We Nurture the Well-being of Our Community 

The Institute’s strategic plan reiterates the commitment to a collaborative, holistic approach to campus health and well-being through inclusive environments where all our students and employees can flourish and be fulfilled. Additionally, during the summer months, Fridays will be a “no meeting” day for internal meetings. This commitment across campus will help ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to focus on their work, catch up on existing projects, and find new ways to keep everyone connected to their work. Employees are encouraged to visit and to learn more about life-work integration programs. 

Flexible Schedules Support Well-Being 

Last summer, GTHR launched the Working @Tech Arrangement, a digital form that streamlines the ability of employees and their supervisors to set up and submit any flexwork arrangements. 

As a reminder, the existing Flexwork Arrangements policy covers multiple work arrangements, including hybrid and fully remote work scenarios. As stated in the policy, decisions to implement flexible work will be made by an employee’s unit leadership. There are three types of flexible work arrangements:  

  • Compressed Workweek allows an employee to work a traditional 40-hour work week in less than five days. 

  • Flextime allows employees to change their arrival, departure, and lunch times to come in earlier or leave later than the organization's normal hours. 

  • Telecommuting allows employees to work away from the conventional or main office. 

If you need assistance, contact your unit’s HR Partner for guidance.