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 https://office.com and log in with your UNMC credentials.
- Work Files. If they are stored on Box, you can access them via https://unmc.account.box.com 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.
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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.