Faculty: Telework & Technology

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the Telework Agreement?

Posted December 16, 2020

The telework agreement is designed to ensure that employees who are able to telework for some or all of their work duties have read the COVID-19 Status of Operation and Telework Policy. It also is meant to encourage flexibility by supervisors as employees select whether they will work a flexible shift or a fixed shift and to set forth scheduling and work expectations that may differ during pandemic circumstances. Read more.

The Telework Agreement says I must have a designated work space that is safe and suitable for telework. Does that mean I must work from a home office?

Posted December 16, 2020

No. Teleworkers should have a space to work that allows them to work free from hazards. This does not require employees to work from a home office. Many employees choose to work from their dining room, kitchen, living room, or other location within their house. Read more.

The Telework Agreement says my workspace must allow for confidentiality of phone calls and computer work if required by my job duties. Does this mean my kids or other household members cannot be present in the room that I'm teleworking in?

Posted December 16, 2020

It depends. If your job duties require you to conduct meetings or phone calls about confidential subjects (e.g., patients, students, legal matters, other employees), you need to be able to conduct those phone calls and meetings privately. Working from home does not change or negate an employee's obligation to maintain strict confidentiality of certain information. Read more.

Announcements and Letters

Letter: The Future of Work

Posted April 08, 2022

We also know that the well-being of our employees matters and that we want to remain an employer of choice. To that end, we are developing a task force that will help us think through the changing needs of this institution, support our existing workforce, and plan for the future. Read more.

Inclement Weather Guidelines

Posted December 16, 2021

As temperatures drop each year, the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) prepares for the possibility of snow in the months ahead. Part of those preparations includes reminding our community about inclement weather closures, delays, liberal leave, and more. Last winter, many employees and students were teleworking and learning virtually. Read more.

Take Your Leave: Time Away from Work Offers Mental and Physical Health Benefits

Posted July 22, 2021

Vacations, staycations, long weekend getaways, day trips: UMB encourages employees to use accrued leave time. Read more.

Policies & Guidance

UMB Telework Policy FAQs

Updated August 15, 2021

Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) on UMB’s revised Policy on Telework that replaced the COVID-19 Status of Operation and Telework Policy on Aug. 15 ,2021. Read more.

UMB Policy on Telework

Posted July 07, 2021

Revised and approved May 28, 2021 to become effective Aug. 15, 2021. Read more.

Additional Resources

Support, Caregiving, and Work Life Resources During COVID-19

Updated June 02, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a work-life balance shift in nearly everyone’s lives. For parents, caregivers of young and old, the demands have changed. You will find resources to help children learn from home. This page serves as a portal to a variety of tips, information, resources, and policies that can help provide flexibility during this difficult time. Read more.

COVID-19 UMB Electronic Signature

Posted March 15, 2021

Download this graphic to help share the word about steps to stop the spread of COVID-19. Follow these instructions to add an image to your email signature in the Outlook desktop app: Read more.

Video Conference Etiquette

Posted November 16, 2020

From chat boxes to mute buttons to background blurs, check out these best practices designed to add a degree of decorum to your online meetings. Read more.