Across campus, flex-scheduling, telecommuting, job sharing and
condensed work weeks are moving from ideas discussed in theory to
ideas practiced on daily basis by many Emory employees.
And a new website from Human Resources and the Presidents
Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) hopes to act as a guide
for both managers and employees interested in participating in alternative
work schedules. The website (www.emory.edu/awa)
is designed and maintained by HR and is slated for a May 15 debut.
The site is based on recommendations from the PCSWs report
on alternative work arrangements at Emory that was released last
summer and produced under the guidance of Allison Adams, former
chair of the Alternative Work Arrangements Taskforce. The report
examines the pluses and minuses of such situations and it also offers
guidelines on making arrangements benefit both employees and managers.
The report stems from an open forum for the PCSWs 1999 Invisible
Barriers to Womens Advancement at Emory study. Promoting
alternative work schedules and developing programs to enhance the
work environment were mentioned repeatedly at the event. As a result,
the PCSW staff concerns committee researched the subject during
200001, with the blessing of President Bill Chace.
[Alternative work schedules] absolutely depend, case by case,
situation by situation, on the given worker and his/her work environment,
Chace said. These need to be worked out in each and every
case. There is no template.
While there is no template, the new website does act as a guide
for those interested in adopting alternative work arrangements,
said Adair Maller, director of HRs Center for Organizational
Development. Maller, along with the PCSWs Margie Silver and
Lynn Kenney (current chair of the PCSWs alternative work committee)
and Beth Grubb (communications manager for HR) helped to produce
Since there are so many different kinds and types of alternative
work arrangements, some will work with our organization and some
will not work in the Emory community, Maller said. We
wanted to put information on the website that would be tailored
to the Emory community.
Definitions, scenarios and pros and cons of all work arrangement
situations are found on the site, as are links to other public and
private business websites exploring similar options. HR also hopes
to produce and distribute a brochure with the same information as
the website, Maller and Kenney said.
Kenney said she and her committee plan to continually update the
initial report and are in the process of collecting testimonials
from employees who participate in alternative work arrangements.
Those testimonials will be added to the website, she said.
HR invites any employees with alternative work schedules to share
their experiences on its new website.
Please contact Adair Maller at 404-727-7591 or e-mail email@example.com.