Flexible Work Guidelines

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Embracing evolving workforce trends positions the University of Arizona as a great place to work and ensures we remain competitive in the current labor market.

Please use this page to support flexibility while ensuring we continue to successfully pursue our educational mission. Visit the Flexible Work Initiative page for more information.


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Of staff respondents who have experienced flexible work arrangements agree or strongly agree that it increases their...

morale/job satisfaction.

Data from the April 2022 staff and supervisor surveys.   Full report (PDF)

Overview of Flexible Work

Flexible work refers to arrangements that alter an employee’s:

  • Work location outside of a University building, office, or workplace (Flexible Space).
  • Schedule outside of a traditional Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Flexible Schedule).

A flexible work arrangement can include either or both types of flexibility.

Types of Flexible Work

Hybrid Work Week

An employee completes some, but not all, of their scheduled hours from home or another off-site location.

Flexible Space

Summer Remote Periods

Refers to 1-4 weeks during the summer when an employee completes all work at home or another location.

Flexible Space

Fully Remote

An employee completes all of their scheduled hours from home or another off-site location.

Flexible Space

Flexible Schedule

Examples: (1) 7 a.m.– 4 p.m. M– F | (2) 8 a.m.– 6:30 p.m. M-T, 8 a.m.– 4 p.m. Th– F

An employee is allowed variations in start and end times but does not change the total number of hours worked in a work week.

Flexible Schedule

Compressed Work Week

Examples: (1) 40 hours over four days. | (2) 9/80 - 80 hours worked over nine days.

An employee completes their scheduled hours each week in less than five full work days.

Flexible Schedule

Core Business Hours

Example: One employee works 7 a.m.– 4 p.m. while another works 9 a.m.– 6 p.m. 

Refers to set times when all employees within an area, unit, or team must be working. Time outside of core business hours are flexible.

Flexible Schedule

Common Considerations

Equipment & Technology Needs

  • Essential functions/applications.
    Consider computer, internet access, essential software and applications (e.g., VPN, Instant Messaging, Outlook, Box folders), phone forwarding.
  • Personal property vs. University property.
    What personal property will be used to facilitate job functions? If University equipment or property is taken or purchased for use off-site, document using the Certification Statement For Off-Campus Location Use of Equipment (PDF).
  • Information security.
    Review required information security procedures, including no storage of information on home devices.
  • Expenses eligible for reimbursement, if any.

Expectations and Procedures

Staff and supervisors should discuss and consider the following:

  • Work hours and procedures for documenting productivity.
  • Expectations for remaining in contact with coworkers during work hours.
  • Responsibility and process for setting up remote meetings.
  • Documented agreements.

Guidelines and Templates

Before initiating a flexible work arrangement, please review the following guidance.

Flexible Work Program Guidelines

These guidelines explain the types of flexible work arrangements that may be available to certain employees and the process by which such an arrangement is developed and implemented.

Flexible Work Agreement Template

This agreement template is a suggested guide to help units and departments document flexible work arrangements. It is provided as an MS Word file to allow customization, as needed.

Out-of-State Work Arrangement Guidelines

The complexities and costs of complying with state and local laws and tax requirements are increasing. Requests for out-of-state work arrangements require leadership review and approval and must meet specific institutional guidelines.

  Tip: Don't forget to obtain and consider your department's/unit’s Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) and emergency communication process.

University Resources

The University provides several resources to help facilitate flexible work arrangements. Please review the following.

Information Technology

Please reach out to your local IT support for specific departmental support. However, we encourage you to visit UITS for resources if you are working remotely.

Please use the 24/7 IT Support Center for assistance.

Remote Work Expenses

Financial Services offers guidelines to help you ensure that all necessary expenses related to flexible and remote work are appropriate and reasonable.

Please email Financial Services for assistance.

Parking and Transportation

Parking & Transportation Services offers FLEX Permits (2 and 3 day/week permits) and Occasional Use Permits (20 days/year) exclusively for University employees.

Please email Parking & Transportation for assistance


Ergonomics is the study of fitting the work/job to the individual. Risk Management publishes guidance for various work locations, including at home.

Please email Risk Management for assistance.

Supervisors Decision Guidance

This planning template from University Initiatives includes suggested considerations to help supervisors plan, implement, and monitor their team's arrangements.

Please contact your Senior HR Partner for assistance.

Inclusive Workplace Practices

The Disability Resource Center offers guidance on using flexible work arrangements to improve inclusivity in workplace and workforce practices.

Please contact DRC Workplace Access staff for assistance.

Trainings and Courses in EDGE Learning

Research from the 2022 Flexible Work Initiative showed training areas that can help lead to more successful flexible work arrangements. With the help of the EDGE Learning project team, we have curated the following suggested courses to address those needs. In addition, check the “Work from Home Successfully” section under the “Professional Development for All” header on the EDGE Learning homepage for more recommendations.

LinkedIn Learning

 Tip: Assign/take these trainings as a condition of your arrangements.

Remember to activate your LinkedIn Learning account before accessing these options. Find instructions on the About LinkedIn Learning page.

Case Studies

The 2022 Flexible Work Initiative project team researched how successful flexible work arrangement programs are being implemented across the University. Here are four of those stories.

College of Veterinary Medicine


The college formalized a policy and process for offering flexible work arrangements in summer 2022.

100 staff | 40 faculty (approximate)

Types of flexible work offered
  • Hybrid Work Week
  • Fully Remote
  • Flexible Schedule
  • Compressed Work Week
  • Core Business Hours

Housing & Residential Life


Housing launched a flexible work pilot program starting in the fall 2021 semester. The program is open to benefits-eligible employees only.

208 staff | 479 student workers

Types of flexible work offered
  • Hybrid Work Week
  • Flexible Schedule (Variation in arrival and departure times)

University Information Technology Services


In July 2021, UITS implemented a service-first approach that supports flexible work options. The service-first approach focuses on the job role specifically and is not based on individual employee/personal preference.

300 staff (approximate)

Types of flexible work offered
  • Fully Remote
  • Hybrid Work Week

Office of the Registrar


The office began offering hybrid option in fall 2021. Options were adjusted throughout 2022.

45 staff (approximate)

Types of flexible work offered
  • Hybrid Work Week
  • Core Business Hours

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

No. If you have non-exempt (hourly) employees, the 9/80 schedule will not be an option for them due to payroll regulations. Please consult with your Senior HR Partner for guidance.

Maybe. Regulations may exist that complicate compressed work weeks for out-of-state employees who are non-exempt (hourly). Please consult with your Senior HR Partner for guidance.

Out-of-state work is not within the scope of the flexible work arrangements. To account for the complexities and costs of complying with state and local laws and tax requirements, and to ensure we remain committed to our Arizona community and land-grant mission, requests for out-of-state work arrangements require leadership review and approval and must meet specific institutional guidelines.

For international requests, please visit our International Employment page.

For domestic requests, please visit our Out-of-State Domestic Work Arrangement Guidelines page.

Yes. Decisions about flexible work arrangements must be guided by the responsibilities of individual positions, workforce characteristics, and the needs of a unit. However, the process to evaluate unit needs and employee requests must be consistent and equitable.

Supervisors can review the Supervisors Planning Template (.docx) for suggested questions and considerations to help ensure a consistent decision process.

Workstations, Supplies, and Equipment

Yes. To efficiently use on-campus workspace and grant flexibility requests from employees, units may create shared workspaces as a condition of a hybrid schedule.

No. Although hybrid arrangements may be made, employees will be responsible for supplying the necessary office equipment for the second workspace. Employee equipment needs and access must be considered when evaluating flexible work arrangements.

Yes. Employees may keep University-issued office supplies and equipment at an off-site location if it is in line with the flexible work agreement and is not detrimental to the requirements of the position and the needs of the department/unit.

Please use the Certification Statement For Off-Campus Location Use of Equipment (PDF) to document any University equipment taken to a building or site not owned or leased by the University.

"Flexible work schedules meet the needs of both our professional staff and the students we serve by making us more than an 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday office. While meeting the needs of staff to create a schedule that works for balancing their life outside of work, it simultaneously expands the hours staff are available to meet with students."

Michelle McKelvey, Director, Thrive Center

"Research has shown that employees with flexible work arrangements may experience better physical health and fewer somatic symptoms, which could include pain, fatigue or headaches. As we prepare students to build and lead the future of health care, we will continue to examine the potential of various flexible work plans to promote optimal health and well-being for employees."

Michael D. Dake, Senior Vice President, Health Sciences

"We are in a very dynamic labor market with regard to hybrid and flexible work schedules. As supervisors, it’s important to embrace this new normal to boost the morale, productivity, recruitment and retention of our colleagues. I believe that UA needs to lead or we will fall behind on the human talent front."

David Hahn, Craig M. Berge Dean, College of Engineering

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