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Speak up Be heard: Policies and procedures

Consideration for working from home option

Submitted: June 17, 2021
Last updated: September 14, 2021
Status: Resolved

Comment or issue submitted:

Hello,

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.

Thank you.

Resolution:

The University is currently reviewing options for flexibility and should provide a more specific response in Fall 2021



Insurance coverage for gender-affirming procedures

Submitted: August 20, 2021
Last updated: August 20, 2021
Status: In progress

Comment or issue submitted:

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.

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Sync option for Fall 2021?

Submitted: August 16, 2021
Last updated: August 20, 2021
Status: In progress

Comment or issue submitted:

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.

Resolution:


Vaccine card accepted?

Submitted: June 11, 2021
Last updated: August 20, 2021
Status: In progress

Comment or issue submitted:

Is there a way to see if our vaccine card upload has been accepted?

Resolution:


Working from home

Submitted: June 22, 2021
Last updated: March 29, 2021
Status: In Progress

Comment or issue submitted:

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?

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Telework policy

Submitted: June 22, 2021
Last updated: March 26, 2021
Status: In Progress

Comment or issue submitted:

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?

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Soliciting staff

Submitted: November 5, 2020
Last updated: January 25, 2021
Status: Sent to HR

Comment or issue submitted:

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!

Resolution:

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

Submitted: November 5, 2020
Last updated: January 25, 2021
Status: In Progress

Comment or issue submitted:

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.

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