Health & Sciences: Hybrid Work Setups
April 20, 2021 – Upcoming Events, Opportunities & Resources
LETTER FROM THE ADVISOR:
We are over the year mark with this pandemic and this past Sunday offered a hopeful milestone – over half of adults in the U.S. have now received at least one vaccine dose. Hooray! This brings new questions in the workplace with the first being, “Will the work be remote, in-person, or a hybrid?” The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has been surveying employers to hear more about their internship plans. Of the 201 responses, 43% of employers stated their internship programs will be a hybrid, 38% virtual only, and 12% in-person only.
The article in this newsletter offers a deeper dive into the hybrid model and questions to ask your employer related to COVID safety protocol, flexibility and logistics, and equity. Take time to ask the right questions so your expectations are in sync with your hiring managers. Here are a few that stood out to me.
- Are there any COVID testing and/or vaccine requirements for workers returning to the office?
- Have there been any changes to the sick leave policies? (e.g., should anyone feeling sick stay home in all situations?)
- Do I need to schedule my in-office and remote days ahead of time? If so, how far in advance?
- Are all policies being set company-wide or do managers and/or department heads have a say in certain aspects of how each team works?
- Will I have a dedicated workspace and will anyone else be using it when I’m remote?
- What are the company’s plans for making sure performance assessments and opportunities are equitable and not affected (consciously or unconsciously) by who is in the office more?
- What plans do you have to help form and maintain connections within teams and across the company so that no one is left out?
For those of you curious about fall recruiting, let’s go back to the NACE survey. Almost half (49%) of employers stated it is most likely they will be participating in recruiting activities both in-person and virtually, with 39% stating they will be participating virtually only. At this point in time, 69% are still waiting to hear if they are able to travel for recruiting activities this fall. We are also surveying our employers. Stay tuned as we learn more!
All the best,
Assistant Director, Employer Relations and Industry Advising | Health, Science, and Technology
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Article of the Week
What You Need to Know (and Ask) if Your Company’s Considering a Hybrid Work Setup
Source: The Muse
After spending over a year working or schooling from home, you’ll likely have to adjust to a whole new set of norms for what work will look like in the wake of the pandemic. And you may have heard the term “hybrid work” thrown around—either by your employer or in a news story saying that many companies are considering hybrid work models post-pandemic. Read more (new window) for questions you should ask your potential or current employer about the possibility of a hybrid work setup.
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