As school districts across the state announce decisions about K-12 education this fall, University Human Resources acknowledged the continuing challenges of child care and work-life balance, and urged supervisors to remain flexible.

“The health and well-being of our faculty, staff and students has been our priority, and we remain committed to flexibility for faculty and staff faced with extraordinary circumstances,” Rich Holcomb, associate vice president for human resources, said in an Aug. 5 email message to Ann Arbor campus supervisors.

He asked that “everyone in supervisory roles use discretion and flexibility during the coming months when determining employee schedules.”

Many employees will continue to work remotely, and the university requires that everyone who can work from home do so. But Holcomb emphasized that flexible schedules may still be needed to balance added caregiving and educational duties in the home.

Some employees will need to be on campus to deliver in-person services that cannot be provided virtually, but supervisors were encouraged to consider adjusted schedules whenever possible for employees who request them.

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