SIPS Staff Hybrid Work Plan

As of September 1 2021 SIPS administrative staff will have transitioned from remote work during COVID to all on-campus or hybrid on-campus/remote work schedules. The schedules for individual staff reflect Cornell priorities for student facing positions, SIPS priorities for positions with high frequency drop-in interactions, and personal preference.

Hybrid work is a significant change compared to pre-COVID work modes both in SIPS and across campus. As we try this out we want to make every effort to ensure that schedules are clearly communicated and staff members are connecting effectively with co-workers and stakeholders. SIPS leadership also wants to be aware of any challenges as they arise so that potential issues can be addressed. View staff schedules and a form for stakeholder feedback at the following links. these links are also included in the email signatures for SIPS administrative managers.

On campus/remote work schedules

Measuring success: Submit feedback

Admin and technical staff associated with specific programs should consult with their supervisor about preferred work modes. Consistent with Cornell policy, Zoom options must always be available for business-related meetings.

Hybrid Model FAQ

Q: Why are some staff doing hybrid and some are not?

A: As managers, we looked at all positions when considering scheduled hybrid work. Not all positions are equal so decisions were made based on whether the position could meet its mission in a partly remote situation. Cornell has also emphasized the importance of on-campus presence for student-facing positions. Additionally, some staff did not want hybrid.


Q: What are the benefits to working remotely?

A: Mostly it’s about having periods of uninterrupted time for focused work. In terms of supporting diversity, there are also benefits to those who are more productive and comfortable working in a private location. There are also benefits that support work-life balance resulting in happier employees who are also productive. Remote work also decreases the carbon footprint of commuting, thus supporting Cornell’s goal of increased campus sustainability.


Q: Aren’t face-to-face interactions best?

A: For many situations, yes, which is why we focused our conversations on ensuring that the appropriate amount of time was committed to on campus presence. But not all interactions require physical presence. Hybrid allows for support of both.

Note – we have positions that have been working a in hybrid model for >6 years, with their primary stakeholders not on the Ithaca campus every day.


Q: How will we know whether it’s working?

A: Our goal is to learn from the past year’s experiences by incorporating the positives from remote work into our traditional on-campus presence. We are committed to measuring outcomes and ensuring productivity, and adjusting as needed. The managers will be monitoring work arrangements closely and seeking feedback from faculty, staff, and students.