Dear UPI Members:
Please take the survey on the 4-day work week for summer and make sure you fill in comments in the slot that seeks comments.
I am baffled by what this policy is supposed to achieve. My major concern for the university is that we are diminishing and/or destroying the value of “our product”–of, that is, the quality of education we provide our students. I always thought of NEIU as an oasis. We provide a diverse student body of traditional and non-traditional students the very best of what higher education has to offer. That approach used “to sell” given the current preoccupations of the institution. Formerly, we were all about giving a place of security and promise to an array of students and community members. I worry this 4-day week could be just another harried inconvenience that drives students away, like the uncertainty of scheduling that we experienced this past fall.
I also think this policy would present contract issues.
But please make sure you tell the administration what you think!
The university has begun a dialogue around a 4-day work week over summers. This schedule would consist of 4 10-hour days of work (such as Monday through Thursday from 7:30AM to 5:30PM), with Fridays off. This would require a full shut down of the university on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. If implemented, this change would take effect Summer 2015.
- During shut down, police will be on duty
- During shut down, BBH will be cooled
- During shut down, faculty will have access to offices, labs, and studios under normal procedures (same as Sundays)
- Course schedule will not change
- With approval from supervisors, employees (excluding faculty) can opt to work regular hours over Monday through Thursday and use 7.5 vacation hours to make a full week.
- Employees (excluding faculty) working a Monday-Thursday schedule will be charged 9.25 sick or vacation hours if taking a day off between Monday and Thursday.
A significant change like this requires careful consideration of input from all areas of the University. Therefore, please take a moment to answer a few questions. We want to hear how a 4-day work week would affect you both professionally and personally.
Please use the following link to access the survey:
The survey only takes about 10 minutes to complete. Please respond by Friday, May 2nd.
Richard Helldobler, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs