NDR Principles for Hybrid Work Pilot Program

NDR Senior Staff has developed the set of principles below to be used in decisions about whether individuals will be able to participate in the hybrid work pilot program. This set of principles may be updated as HR provides more guidance.

  • NDR strives to provide a high level of service and a high level of employee satisfaction; we have a strong commitment to mission and purpose with the intent to foster high levels of intrinsic motivation.
  • NDR supports flexibility in work location and hours, balancing the needs of the position and the needs of the employee, with an understanding that such flexibility can be good for both the University and the employee.  However, not all positions, particularly those that are student-facing or laboratory-based, may have this type of mutually beneficial flexibility. 
  • As we consider decisions to utilize the hybrid work plan pilot project we will assess whether utilizing a hybrid work arrangement makes Notre Dame better. Making Notre Dame better should include characteristics that improve work performance and (not or) improve employee engagement and employee satisfaction. 
    • Improved performance could include flexible work hours to match “customer” needs, greater efficiency, better work quality, etc.
    • Greater employee engagement and satisfaction is achieved by unlocking intrinsic motivation (i.e., purpose, mastery, and autonomy), including the autonomy to set flexible work hours and work location to get the job done.
  • Colleagues, collaborators, and customers should not have to compromise expectations or make accommodations because an NDR employee is working in a remote or hybrid mode. A willingness to be flexible and responsive to our constituents' needs is expected. 
  • Positions vary in their conduciveness to hybrid and remote work. Considerations for hybrid work include:
    • Those working in hybrid mode must have a thorough understanding of, and investment in, NDR and departmental culture (e.g., REF principles).
    • Groups must continue to have close collaborative relationships with one another.
    • The remote workplace must be a professional space free of distractions and fully operational with necessary technology and supporting resources.