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EAB’s Flexible Work Collaborative for Hybrid and Remote Employees

EAB has created the Flexible Work Collaborative for Hybrid and Remote Employees to help our partners understand the principles behind an effective flexible work policy, and develop a policy they can implement on their campus.

When you can’t compete on salary, flexible and hybrid working arrangements must be a part of your employee value proposition. At the 2023 National Association of College and University Business Officers Conference, over two-thirds of CBOs polled in the session “Key Considerations in Developing an Effective Remote Work Policy” stated that their number one expectation for a remote work policy is to improve employee recruitment and retention.

However, implementing a viable, cross-campus flexible work strategy requires more than just a policy document. Senior leaders must align policy with broader, institution-wide strategic initiatives, reconfigure physical space and technology to meet new requirements, and maintain campus culture while supporting diverse working modalities. Indeed, in the same survey, three-quarters of respondents reported that the primary challenge they face with a hybrid workforce is maintaining engagement and culture.

EAB’s Flexible Work Collaborative for Hybrid and Remote Employees guides university leaders through an expert-led curriculum to help them quickly develop their goals, policy, infrastructure plan, and change management approach. In the collaborative you will have the opportunity to also learn from peers and get feedback from them on your specific plans.


We need to start making changes to our flexible work arrangements and office space today. There are some risks—and we should be strategic about the investments we make—but if we don’t rethink our plan now, we’re setting up both current and future hybrid work staff to fail.


Chief Financial Officer

Public Research University, U.S.

Introducing EAB’s Flexible Work Collaborative for Hybrid and Remote Employees

About the collaborative

EAB’s Flexible Work Collaborative for Hybrid and Remote Employees brings together university leaders to make meaningful progress on developing a comprehensive flexible work strategy. Participants will work through a set curriculum, collect campus data, and use EAB-designed workbooks to create action and accountability plans.

Develop & implement a flex work strategy through four expert-led workshops

  • 1. Consequences and Opportunities in the New Talent Era

    Sample activity:

    • Create a prioritization document to identify your hybrid/remote work goals and metrics.
  • 2. Aligning Your Flexible Work Policy and Strategy

    Sample activity:

    • Assess flexible work processes through a policy audit that aligns with your strategic goals.
  • 3. Supporting the New Flexible Workforce

    Sample activity:

    • Analyze how hybrid/remote work can influence space and technology usage and savings.
  • 4. Fostering Culture and Community in a Flexible Work Environment

    Sample activity:

    • Create an implementation plan that sets you on a path to dynamic workforce engagement.

How to participate

We have limited spots available! If you are interested in participating in the next cohort of our Flexible Work Collaborative in 2024, please fill out the form below. You can also contact your Strategic Leader or [email protected] to learn more. Once we receive your request, we will be in touch with further details.

In the form, please nominate:

  1. An Executive Sponsor (ES): This person will offer leadership-level support and advice for the Implementation Leader as they lead the charge to implement new initiatives on campus. Suggested titles: CBO, CFO, or other business affairs senior leader.
  2. An Implementation Leader (IL): This person will participate in the Collaborative on your institution’s behalf. To benefit most from this experience, your IL is expected to come to every synchronous session of the collaborative and complete 30-60 minutes of work between each session. Suggested titles: CHRO, VPHR, AVP, or other equivalent title.

Your EAB Strategic Leader will be in touch with more information after you express your interest.