The University’s Statement on Work/Life Flexibility

Navigating work and life is not always easy. The University of Connecticut is committed to providing an environment for faculty and staff that recognizes the demands of work, personal life, and study, and promotes flexibility in meeting these demands. While the University must fulfill its mission of striving for excellence, it is also committed to fostering an environment that is responsive to employees’ need to integrate personal obligations and work commitments into a fulfilling and healthy life. Flexibility that does not diminish operating standards and the achievement of University goals is not only possible, but desirable. The University benefits through improved recruiting and retention, reduced absenteeism, and increased levels of productivity, motivation, and engagement, all of which contribute toward excellence.

The University demonstrates its support for work-life integration through the implementation of established policies, procedures, practices, and contractual agreements, as found in union contracts and at Faculty and staff in managerial or supervisory positions should be familiar with programs and procedures available to assist employees, including student employees, in achieving such flexibility and should, to the extent possible, implement these policies and procedures. Additionally, faculty should be aware of the work-life demands upon graduate assistants and, where to the extent possible, provide flexibility, while maintaining academic standards. We continually support a culture of health, civility, community, improvement and innovation and ask you to do the same. Think of Yourself, Think of the University, Have a Fulfilling Life.

Christopher Delello
Chief Human Resources Officer
Carl W. Lejuez
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs