Change to Summer Hours and Winter Closure: Tips for Managers and Employees
In order to meet the
increasing needs of students and customers (both internal and external) while
still allowing departments the flexibility to manage the unique work they must
accomplish, the university will make changes to the summer schedule and the winter holiday time.
- NAU will
recognize an annual 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. core business operations schedule
throughout the entire year.
- There will no
longer be a designated winter closure. However, eligible employees will still receive three days of paid holiday leave and the university will be closed on those holidays.
Here are some tips for
managers and employees in making this transition:
Tips for Managers
- Recognize that
these changes will take some adjustment and people will feel the impact
differently depending on work roles, preferences, habits, child care
- Start the
conversation early to determine what might need to be done differently in your
unit this summer.
- What work or staff
availability might be needed before and after the core hours?
- Who needs to do
- How can schedules
or coverage be staggered, adjusted, spread out among staff?
- Discuss with your
department head and others in your area what the critical services and coverage
needs are in your unit for the December holiday time.
information early about who would likely work during that time and who would be
requesting time off.
- Don’t create
competition or conflict among your employees by making it a ‘first come, first
serve’ race. Gather all the information
you can and make an informed decision.
- Avoid scheduling
projects or activities or essential meetings during the holiday time that make
it more difficult for people to take vacation.
- Listen to
people’s needs and be willing to look for creative solutions as you balance
those individual needs with the department needs.
Tips for Employees
- Recognize that
the changes may require some adjustments in how the work is covered during the
summer and at the winter holiday time.
- Be part of the
conversation to help your co-workers and managers work towards the best
solutions to meet everyone’s needs.
- Be clear about
your requests and flexible as managers work to balance those requests in a fair
- Try to plan your
vacation requests early so that your manager can make informed decisions with
all the information available.
- Make sure you
have approval to be off before booking airline tickets, hotels, etc.