Arlington Campus Community Discusses Work Life

Posted: November 14, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Elena Barbre

Members of the Arlington Campus community, representing nearly all six categories of university employees, talked about their areas of concern and satisfaction at a meeting called by the Quality of Work Life Task Force on Nov. 9. The discussion was part of the task force’s effort to flesh out some of the issues revealed through the Quality of Work Life survey.

Issues discussed by Arlington Campus employees included concerns about parking on campus and the accessibility of services provided by University Computing and Information Systems, especially the need for remote access to the network from home. Employees also mentioned the use of flex-time and telecommuting as desirable ways to lessen the stress of their commutes to campus. Other discussion topics included employee recognition programs and the importance of telling supervisors about the extra efforts of their staff, and inclement weather policies and the confusion that results when different campus entities have different policies.

The concept of the distributed university was discussed at length, including concerns about the lack of resources and services offered at the Arlington Campus. Among the resources employees said they missed are training courses, recreational facilities, cultural activities, and child-care services. A shuttle bus to provide transportation between campuses was proposed, as were improved teleconferencing facilities to lessen the need for traveling between campuses for meetings, and drop-in offices to provide work space for those employees who must be on another campus for an extended time.

The task force will add information gained from these discussions to the data gathered through the survey. This will form the basis for the recommendations the group will make to the president and the Executive Council in February. Recommendations will be wide ranging, focusing not only on issues that are within university control, but also on state policies that could be changed to improve work life on campus.

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