As with many questions, this one depends. Even older children or a self-sufficient older relative can distract you from your work. It’s important to be honest with yourself and your supervisor. Are your children old enough and mature enough to be self-managing? Do family members understand the boundary between work and non-work? Will you be […]
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FAQ Category: Telework
A formal Flexible Work arrangement is negotiated in advance, initiated through the Flexible Work policies and procedures, documented using the approved forms, and is reviewed and assessed after 90 days. Additionally, if the Flexible Work Agreement is approved to continue after the 90-day trial, the agreement is renewed at least annually. Individual departments can administer […]
Perhaps. It’s best to work out these questions in advance with your supervisor so that if a situation arises, expectations and procedures are clearly defined. If you need to implement Flextime or Telework for a limited time, you would work with your supervisor to create an “informal” Flexible Work arrangement that does not need to […]
No. Telework must be treated similarly to working in your Mason office. Telework cannot be a substitute for child or other dependent care.
Yes. One of the business-case reasons to encourage Telework and Remote Work is continuity of operations. Additionally, the university’s policy on Flexible Work requires that employees working from home during a university closing are expected to continue working unless it is not possible due to power outages or other conditions that prevent them from working. […]
It is important that communications not suffer when you utilize a Flexible Work arrangement. Instant messaging, Facetime/Skype, e-mail, telephone, and videoconferencing (including desktop conferencing) can all be used to keep people connected. For some tips on how to stay connected when you are working off site, see How to Stay in the Loop, A Teleworker’s […]
No. ITS has technology tools to ensure a secure connection from remote locations. For information on Virtual Private Network (VPN) and other teleworking tools, visit the Technology Tools section of this site.
Mason is not responsible for operating costs, home maintenance, or other incidental costs related to Telework. Reimbursable expenses such as long distance phone or ISP costs are discussed by the employee and the employee’s department. Additionally, Accounts Payable will not reimburse an employee for costs associated with Telework unless there is a Flexible Work Agreement […]
Check out Telework and Remote Work: What’s the Difference? for details on the differences between these two options.
If you and your supervisor have agreed that Telework is an option for you, you both will work out the details of whether Mason will supply equipment or whether you will use your own.