Carnegie Mellon University

HR Guidance for Transitioning Staff to On-Campus Work and Flexible Work Arrangements

Phase III: Extension of Flexible Work Arrangements for Staff Positions December 31, 2021–December 31, 2022

Earlier in 2021, the university provided guidance to academic and division leadership which contained a framework and options for transitioning staff to on-site work during the Fall 2021 semester, including the potential for flexible work arrangements through December 31, 2021. This guidance anticipated a return to campus for all by January 1, 2022, but, considering the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the university is extending the current guidance to apply through 2022. In Fall 2022, we will re-evaluate the situation and provide further guidance to apply starting January 1, 2023.

Supervisors will continue work directly with their teams to apply this guidance based on their best judgment to develop a strategic plan of work for their units / schools / colleges which continues to advance the work and mission of the university. Supervisors will determine, based on business needs, which flexible options work best for the positions in their unit, with the recognition that some positions require full-time, on-site presence. 

View the 11/23/2021 announcement

Phase II: Flexible Work Arrangements for Staff Positions August–December, 2021

Staff Guidelines for transitioning staff to on-site work are being shared with college and division leadership to provide a framework and options for transitioning staff back to on-campus work during the Fall 2021 semester. Please watch for communications directly from your leadership, and in the coming months, additional information about workplace flexibility beyond December 31, 2021. Flexible arrangements that are put in place during this phase are temporary should not extend beyond December 31, 2021, pending further guidance. Please refer to the related links on this page for additional tools resources for supervisors, employee support resources, and working norms for returning to campus.

Phase I (July 6–August 30): Guidance for Staff Positions Remaining Remote or Transitioning to On-Site Work Prior to August 2021

In order for the university to provide expected services to faculty and students for the Fall 2021 semester and depending on the university’s density restrictions, supervisors and unit heads will need to determine which staff positions need to return to on-campus work, what the work schedules will be, and which staff positions will temporarily continue to work remotely. When these decisions are made, supervisors should communicate these decisions to the staff. Your HR business partner is available to assist with decisions and provide communication templates.