As a reminder during the winter weather season, communication between staff, managers, and work teams is imperative to ensure that work expectations, departmental needs, and staffing plans are clear to everyone. Now is the time to review roles before, during, and after major storms, and to clarify the internal communication plan. For support and guidance with planning, please contact your Human Resources Generalist or Emergency Management.
For personnel performing critical functions: Because the University is a complex institution with a large residential population and clinical operations, it relies on many departments to perform critical functions. Staff performing critical functions – in departments that are responsible for life, health, safety and security of our staff, students or patients – must report to work. As previously noted, now is the time to review and clarify the staffing requirements and business continuity plans.
For personnel who do not work in a department providing critical functions: If severe weather conditions hinder safe travel, where possible, the University encourages supervisors to exercise flexibility and sensitivity to requests by their staff. If weather conditions are hazardous, supervisors may consider granting permission to staff to leave work early, remain at home, or, if operationally feasible, work from home that day. Staff members who choose to arrive late, leave early or stay at home and who do not perform critical functions, should consult a supervisor to see if they can use paid time off. All staff members facing weather challenges are expected to have regular communication with their supervisors throughout the event.
Please consult the policies and resources listed here for general guidance:
In addition, for more information or assistance regarding any HR policy, please contact your department Business Office or Human Resources Generalist.