Currently, ASU allows employees who live out of state to be hired and work fully remotely. I was hired at the same time as a colleague of mine, doing the same job, being trained on the same tasks, with the same title. Exact same. However, because I live in-state, I must come to campus three times per week. My job is clearly possible to do remotely, as I do not interact with students. I did try to request full remote but was denied. I was able to get hybrid approved, but only after providing a reason that is temporary and based on the COVID pandemic, which was not my first reason, but rather told to me to use as my reason so it would be accepted. I and many others are finding other jobs outside of ASU because of this. I wanted to share this issue with someone as I believe this is happening in other departments at ASU too. I hope a change can happen because I think it is sad that ASU is losing many people because they are not being innovative with their employee work environments.
Speak up Be heard: Policies and procedures
Full remote work inequity
The flexible work arrangement program requires that the EVP sign off on full remote work requests in situations when there is a mutual interest for the university and employee. While we cannot speak to your specific situation, there may be more circumstances and criteria that you are not aware of. We encourage you to revisit this with your supervisor.
Limit solicitors on campus
What policies changes can be made to limit non-ASU affiliated people, specifically solicitors, on campus? I am tired of being approached by petitioners and religious groups while I am walking around campus or eating outside the MU.
Insurance coverage for gender-affirming procedures
Are there any updates on getting Trans employees medical insurance coverage for needed gender-affirming procedures? These can be quite expensive, and self-image due to gender dysphoria can lead to a huge decrease in productivity, mental wellbeing, and an increase in stress, mental health side effects like depression and anxiety, etc.
Currently, the medical plans with ADOA exclude benefits for gender affirming surgical procedures. Other services related to gender affirmation are covered. ASU is exploring options on how to provide comprehensive gender affirming care for employees. The environment with medical service offerings is complex—we are in development with an arrangement for full compliance with the Affordable Care Act and other required provisions.
Sync option for Fall 2021?
What can staff tell faculty who don't want to teach in-person but want to move their class to Zoom? We've been told Sync is not an option. Can a clear message be sent to faculty if there is or is not a Sync option for fall 2021? If there is no option for sync and they qualify for FMLA there will not be anyone to teach the in-person courses with classes starting in 2 days.
Please reach out to your College Leadership.
Consideration for working from home option
Recently it was announced that workers will be required to come into the office full time. I do not interact with students, so I can perform my job anywhere. I understand that some people may want to go back to normal, but working from home has been very beneficial. Perhaps some employees who want to work primarily in-office can still do that? That would save quite a bit of office space.
Working from home has been highly beneficial to both my physical and mental health. Not being required to commute has made a healthy sleep schedule finally obtainable. I have been more focused on my work because I don't need to worry about hot weather or traffic.
Working in the comfort of my home allows me to eat healthier, and do quick exercises during my lunch break. Working from home allows greater freedom, giving me the option to live closer to my family members. Zoom calls haven't hurt my connection with my team at all. I have a strong working relationship with all my coworkers. Anyone who I have asked, whether internal or with other employers, prefers working from home. The total control of your environment allows absolute focus on work.
Bloomberg estimates that working from home boosts worker productivity. https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021...$
I humbly request that ASU and departments within reconsider their stance on working from home.
The University is currently reviewing options for flexibility and should provide a more specific response in Fall 2021
Vaccine card accepted?
Is there a way to see if our vaccine card upload has been accepted?
Working from home
Several of us had reservations about working from home, but through the pandemic we found we have actually been more productive, able to live healthier lifestyles, and feel like we are contributing to sustainability goals by not commuting and increased savings in overhead costs. We understand there is a desire to have staff back on campus, particularly student-facing staff. Some of us would prefer to continue working remotely all the time, but it seems there is a blanket perception among leadership that in person is a better way to operate without making the case that it is actually so in all circumstances. This seems like an obvious disconnect for such an innovative institution, but it seems people who ask about this option are frowned upon. To what extent or under what circumstances might ASU consider or even encourage staff, especially non-student facing staff, to work remotely more permanently?
Many of us thrive with working from home and would like to do so after the phase back to campus. Can you discuss (1) the process of getting us all back to campus and (2) as more students come back to campus, do you see the university allowing more staff members to continue to work remotely?
What's the ASU policy on staff soliciting business for their second job? Several team members get solicitations from someone in senior leadership asking them to connect on social media in connection with their second job in real estate sales. This makes the team feel uncomfortable, first by not knowing this person had a second job, then the fact this person is senior leadership so they feel obligated to connect and possibly use their advertised service. Is there any ASU policy regarding outside employment and solicitation to others? Thanks!
Several university policies may be applicable to this situation. SPP 312: Employment outside ASU and SPP 801: Employee Conduct and Work Rules, outline expectations of behavior for staff employees. Additionally, ACD 125: Computer, Internet, and Electronic Communications Information Management Policy outlines appropriate usage of university owned computers and resources. Concerns of a violation of a university policy can be directed to leadership within the unit or to Human Resources.
Double standards in management at ASU. A director happens upon an ASU vehicle at a nail salon where an operations manager is getting a manicure during work hours but perhaps it was the operations manager lunch hour since Cheryl's work time start early. Maybe understandable. The confusion might come from the same director making a phone photo of a PTS golf cart parked at the Wells Fargo building on University just east of Mill and having a staff member questioned and counseled. It turns out the staff member was delivering a packet to Mitch in the PTS office on the second floor of the building. Was that a slight misunderstanding and was the staff member forgiven for the mistake of parking by the building for q quick drop off.
WOW, now it would seem the PTS management group is not held to the same rules and regulation as staff when following the annual training as general staff as now we find inappropriate message not on Facebook or social medial but directed to young men in the department phones. Why would someone at this position choose to send videos of push up in workout clothes, sultry photo shots and scantly covered legs with a cup between with a suggestive message. Is ASU moving back to the Party School theme and encouraged by management upper departments by looking the other way and maybe letting behavior slide? What happened to those of us who respect our positions and are proud to be part of the ASU family.