Remote/Alternative Work Site

A remote work arrangement is an option that allows an employee to work at home or another alternative off-site location, for a specified number of hours per week, month, etc.

This guide is specific to the CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) response and recommendations.

Consider what type of work a staff member can perform remotely that might be outside of their normal job duties:

  • Customer service/response and scheduling. Use tools such as phone forwarding and group calendars.
  • Training. Improve skills UNMC IT Continuing Education or other available online training i.e. LinkedIn Learning.
  • “Back Burner" Projects. Remote work time can be ideal to have your team member tackle delayed projects such as writing manuals or other types of documentation.
  • Research. Ask the employee to do benchmarking research on a topic the department is interested in pursuing.
  • Planning. Is there planning that needs to occur in your department? For example, do you run an annual meeting or conference in several months where the planning can start earlier?
  • Data Crunching. Compile department data to generate reports/metrics.
  • Updating Websites. Review department websites (and other promotional/written materials) for information that needs to be updated.
  • Suggested Projects when Working Remotely

Readiness Check for Working Remotely

  • Hardware. Ensure you have sufficient computer hardware to complete your normal and necessary work tasks. Your department may have equipment available for checkout. This can include laptop, headset, or webcam.
  • Internet Access: You may review UNMC IT On the Go.
  • Online Services & Software (i.e. Firefly for time entry). You have access to Microsoft 365 Online (this includes your email, calendar, Word, Excel and PowerPoint) by going to and log in with your UNMC credentials.
  • Work Files. If they are stored on Box, you can access them via or Box Drive if installed on your remote computer.
  • Zoom for Online Meetings: Consider creating a Zoom Account. UNMC IT Zoom
  • Think of any other program(s) that you use regularly and request assistance from UNMC IT Software and Hardware
  • Voicemail. If your voicemail is not set up to forward to your email, consider setting it up. Please refer to Voice Mail Quick Reference Card at UNMC IT Voice Mail.
  • Contact Information. Have additional contact information other than a work phone for your supervisor, coworkers and teammates, and anyone that you supervise.
  • 4 Tips for Improving Ergonomics, No Matter Where You Work

Business & Finance resources for remote work

Working remotely and have a Business & Finance-related question?

Find guidance on their new remote environment processes page, which was designed to assist employees with their daily activities in a remote environment.

There, you’ll find helpful information for all areas of UNMC Business & Finance: accounts payable, budget, controller, human resources, employee relations/organizational development & diversity, benefits, information technology, procurement, risk management, revenue contracts, student housing and travel. 

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