Alternative Work Assignments

Brown’s Alternative Work Assignments (AWAs) offer innovative approaches to meeting the University’s operational needs while promoting balance between work and personal life for its staff. Depending on the needs of the department, AWAs may be a beneficial alternative to the University’s regular work schedule that allows the University to meet business needs while providing greater workplace flexibility. 
 

Requesting an AWA in Workday 

Alternative Work Assignment Approval Process for Staff

Training Resources

A Guide to Reviewing Alternative Work Assignments (AWA) Requests:  Provides managers with high-level information about key AWA policy-related information, a suggested five-step process for focusing on the Future of Work and a step-by-step approach to planning a discussion surrounding an AWA denial. The module includes a downloadable worksheet for completing an equitable AWA review and concludes with key resource links.  

A Guide to Writing An Effective Alternative Work Assignments (AWA) Request:  Provides staff with high-level information about key AWA policy-related information to inform an AWA request along with suggestions for writing an effective AWA request and three sample requests.  The module includes a downloadable worksheet for writing an effective AWA request and concludes with key resource links.

Policy

The Alternative Work Assignments (AWA) policy applies to all staff employees except where assignments are governed by collective bargaining agreements. An AWA is a discretionary agreement between Brown University and an employee that may include modifications to a work schedule, work location, and other arrangements that differ from a department’s usual operating standards and practices. 

 

For questions regarding Alternative Work Assignments, please contact [email protected].