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 Work Environment

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How do I know if I'm eligible to work remotely?  Some job functions are better suited for remote work than others.  HR has compiled a flexible work assessment for employees and supervisors to work together in discussing the fit of different roles.

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The guided assessments created by HR include separate assessments for the employee and supervisor.  Dual questionnaires provide the opportunity to capture the shared understanding of what is expected in a remote work environment.  Certain questions will require answering "yes" if they are necessary precursors in alignment with the Flexible Work Arrangement Policy. 

Other questions will help assess whether the role is forward-facing, indicating a needed presence on campus.

The remaining questions will serve the purpose of a more guided experience between the leader and employee in articulating the desired outcome of either remote work or transitioning back to campus.  

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I've been told to return to campus, but I am uncomfortable doing so.  What can I do? People may be uncomfortable for a  variety of reasons, so the first step is the determine why you are uncomfortable. 

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If you have general anxiety about returning, life and personal help is available through our Employee Assistance Program

If you have particular health concerns, you may want to explore eligibility for ADA accommodations.  Visit HR's Working Beyond Covid page as it is regularly updated with resources about taking leave, working remotely, the Employee Assistance Program and HR contacts.  

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What is being done to keep the campus heatlhy and safe?  USF has been following CDC guidelines. Additionally, hand sanitzer vending machines are available throughout each campus and vaccines are highly recommended. 

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Spray hand sanitizer is available through vending machines strategically placed around campus. All students and employees with a valid USF ID card will be able to get two (2) 4 oz. complimentary bottles every 30 days. Check the Hand Sanitizer Vending Locations for each campus.

At this time, USF strongly encourages anyone who is eligible to receive the vaccine. For the most current updates about vaccines and other ways to stay healthy, visit USF's official COVID update page

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What expectations exist for employees? Human Resources developed a Working Beyond COVID page with guidance on taking leave, working remotely and maintaining a clean and healthy campus.  

For Faculty, the University has developed a comprehensive FAQ page for faculty. Helpful information has also been provided by the Office of the Provost and Innovative Education in a toolkit for academic continuity.  Additionally, the Faculty Toolkit provides guidance for syllabi policy and more.

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What do I do about parking on campus? Parking Permits are still required to park on USF campuses 24 hours seven days a week.

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Each employee should weigh the cost of a semester/yearly permit with how often they intend to park on campus throughout the year. In some instances, it may be cheaper to pay for metered parking or a daily parking permit in place of a semester/yearly parking permit. Parking & Transportation Services has provided this helpful document to assess parking options. Contact your campus’ parking office if you need assistance in determining which permit option is best for you in your future at work.

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I will be working from a remote location at least part of the time. What are some best practices? Human Resources has compiled many resources to help, beginning with a Remote Work training guide.

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The Employee Guide to a Flexible Workplace is a great place to start with tips on setting up your home office, safety and security, creating routines and communicating.

Personal Wellness

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How can I stay motivated?  or I'm having trouble with anxiety. Whether working remote or on-site, most people can use a little help now and then.

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Access the list of on-site and online workshops offered throughout the year by Magellan, our Employee Assistance Program providers.  You'll find many great topics from mindfulness to motivation. 

Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) also provides free support and assistance for a variety of concerns. Some of the recent resources deal with emotional and financial challenges by offering online webinars, tip sheets, articles, discounts and personal assistance finding services. For specific COVID-19 tips sheets, click here.

Additionallly, our curated list of LinkedIn Learning courses includes well-being topics that may be of help.

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I am having trouble with work-life demands. Many employees have found increased care-taking  roles since the pandemic began.

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Through our Employee Assistance Program, you can also access LifeCare's "We Can Help" program at MagellanAscend.com for personalized assistance in variety of areas. For example, they can help find childcare, pet care and elderly care. Click here for instructions on navigating to the LifeCare resource page.

Are you balancing remote with kids at home? Many of the parents who have been fortunate enough to be able to work remotely have discovered how hard is to do so with children present. Click here for some great tips based on the age of your child(ren) to help juggle parenting & working at home.

Additionallly, our curated list of LinkedIn Learning courses includes well-being topics that may be of help.