Over the past year, Amherst College has responded to the pandemic by creating new and innovative ways of working and collaborating. We learned that we can engage and thrive as a community in a nontraditional and flexible environment, and many have valued this new found flexibility. As we begin to understand and define the future of work at Amherst, we have created a Remote Work Program pilot that is deeply aligned with our mission and aspirations. It includes options for remote and hybrid remote work, and is designed to be responsive to current and future workforce demands, operational requirements, and staff interests and needs.
The program includes options for remote and hybrid remote work, and is designed to be responsive to current and future workforce demands, operational requirements, and staff interests and needs. We are also reviewing the feasibility of broader flexible work options longer-term depending on the success of this Remote Work Program pilot.
We know that over 80% of U.S. workers want to maintain some level of remote work now that the pandemic is nearing its end, and that 75% of staff members report being able to maintain or improve productivity while working remotely. In order to meet the needs of our staff members, we are pleased to pilot this program. In addition, remote work can serve as a competitive differentiator for Amherst, as we know it will bolster our ability to attract and retain a diverse and talented workforce through:
- Producing more diverse candidate pools
- Providing greater affordability and accessibility of housing and commuting options for current and future staff
- Addressing changing preferences and expectations for flexible and remote work among applicants and candidates
- Elevating staff member engagement and retention by addressing needs and preferences for remote work.