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Help Us Discover the Future of Work

The Future of Work (FoW) Task Force was established by President Holloway to focus on lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic and how those lessons can be utilized to support the evolving needs of our community. Our goal is to create a caring, inclusive, and respectful work environment, where employees are engaged, productive, valued, and rewarded for their contributions. The input of all Rutgers employees is essential to this process to help us shape the future of the university for years to come.

The task force has established several mechanisms to ensure we provide opportunities for everyone to participate. Please be sure to:

Task Force Overview

The Future of Work Task Force is charged with developing an inclusive process to help the university community collectively reflect on the last 19 months, and in some cases the remote work experiment, to determine our best path forward. The task force structure is designed to ensure university-wide representation with 12 working groups, 2 advisory groups including union representatives and faculty subject matter experts, and several subcommittees. All of these groups will work collaboratively to ensure we have the right people, policies, training, assessment tools, and technology in place to support short- and long-term strategies so that we can effectively:

  • support the evolving needs of our community;
  • enhance student and patient experiences;
  • improve employee well-being;
  • ensure the university remains competitive in this post-pandemic environment;
  • and prepare our students for a newly envisioned world of work.

See President Holloway’s announcement regarding the Future of Work Task Force.

Guiding Principles

  • Preserve and build on President Holloway’s value propositions of a beloved community, academic excellence, and strategic institutional clarity
  • Focus on the university’s core mission
  • Consider lessons learned and identify opportunities to enhance the workplace culture at Rutgers, The State University
  • Ensure equitable, transparent and fair processes and decision-making
  • Empower local decisions that create a balanced approach between organizational business needs and employee well-being
  • Provide several opportunities for input from faculty, staff and student employees at all levels across all campuses

Key Milestones

  • May 2021: FoW Task Force Announced by President Jonathan Holloway
  • July 2021: Working Group Chairs Appointed
  • August 2021: Task Force Kickoff Meeting
  • September 2021: FoW Working Groups and Advisory Groups Established
  • October 2021: Future of Work Website Launched and Surveys Distributed
  • November 2021: Analysis of Survey Results
  • December 2021 – March 2022: Virtual Listening Tour Dates Announced
  • April 2022: Town Hall to Present Initial Task Force Findings
  • May 2022: Task Force Report Due to President Holloway
  • July 2022: Public Communications Regarding Findings & Recommendations
  • Fall Semester 2022: Begin Operationalizing Approved Short-term Recommendations
  • 2023 - 2027: Operationalize Approved Long-term Recommendations