Once employees have been instructed to return to work on-site, there are several options departments may consider that will maintain social distancing measures and reduce population density in buildings and work spaces. Staffing plans should be reviewed and approved by department leadership.
Remote Work: Those who can work remotely to fulfill some or all of their work responsibilities may continue to do so to reduce the number of individuals on campus and the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. The employee’s supervisor, in consultation with his or her leadership, is authorized to determine which employees under his or her supervision are in roles where telework is an option. The arrangements should be approved by the immediate supervisor and can be done in a full or partial day or week schedule, as appropriate. The supervisor should maintain a record of which employees have been authorized for telework.
Rotational and Flexible Schedules: To limit the number of individuals and interactions among those on campus, departments should schedule partial staffing on alternating days. Such schedules will help enable social distancing, especially in areas with large common workspaces. Flexible schedules should span normal service or may also be extended to non-standard hours. Supervisors should keep a record of changes to employee schedules.
Staggered Reporting/Departing: The beginning and end of the workday typically bring many people together at common entry and exit points of buildings. Staggering reporting and departure times by at least 30 minutes will reduce traffic in common areas to meet social distancing requirements.