Flex-Time Working

Colby-Sawyer encourages environmental awareness and action among its staff by offering the option to telecommute and work flexible hours from home. Employees avoid the hassle and cost of having their car out on the roads, and working from home reduces the consumption of resources associated with the drive.

The rural setting of Colby-Sawyer, while offering beautiful scenery and bountiful outdoor activities, means in many cases that employees face a sizeable commute. While some staff and faculty have the option to carpool or even walk to campus, there are many who drive significant distances to get to work every day. For those employees, telecommuting is a more sustainable and environmentally friendly option. Since public transit is also not readily available, Colby-Sawyer employees take the initiative to be creative in how to reduce their carbon footprint when it comes to transportation.

Working from a Home Office

The telecommuting policy states that the college “considers telecommuting to be a viable alternative work arrangement in cases where individual, job and supervisor characteristics are suited to such an arrangement. Telecommuting allows an employee to work at home for all or part of their regular work week.”

This option makes it possible for staff to relocate and still maintain job responsibilities with Colby-Sawyer. Jill Metsch, Senior Accountant in Financial Services, now lives in Florida and continues to work for the college. Since the majority of her work could be done from a remote location, the college approved the telecommuting arrangement and Metsch was able to retain her job at Colby-Sawyer.

“We understand that circumstances change,” Doug Atkins, Vice President for Human Resources explained. “No one knows what could happen down the road and this provides flexibility for staff to alleviate some of those pressures.”

These new programs are designed to increase job satisfaction and productivity for employees while also reducing expenditures for the college and maintaining a sustainable organization. Offering employees the choice to work from home is just another way that Colby-Sawyer hopes to reduce its carbon footprint and encourage personal and global sustainability.

-Elaine Edgecomb '14