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The Workplace of the Future project has finished its first report

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The Workplace of the Future project has now presented its first report to the Vice-Chancellor. It concluded with concrete suggestions for LU to continue working on in order to become an attractive and sustainable workplace for the long-term.

The report describes what emerged from a total of eleven workshops with employees and managers from different categories of staff, who were asked what they think is important in order for LU to be an attractive and sustainable place to work for the foreseeable future.

“Issues raised by employees, such as a good work environment, good development opportunities and good leadership, have been placed in relation to current research,” says Cecilia Billgren, project manager for the The Workplace of the Future..

“We have also looked at what work is already being done in the different areas at a university-wide level, both in day-to-day operations and in specific development initiatives, and based on this we have identified six areas that we suggest to the Vice-Chancellor that the University should work on further.”

A first overall proposal is for the University to develop what it means for Lund University to be a campus university. This is to create clarity so that prospective and current employees know what the University stands for as an employer. For example, a developed definition of what it means to be a campus university could include highlighting the positive things we achieve by being on campus, while embracing the opportunities of digital technology.

Areas to keep working on:

The project also proposes that the University works further on the following five more concrete issues:

  1. Develop a model for the planning of premises that can support organisations when changes are made to premises.
  2. Work to increase the feeling of belonging and coherence among doctoral students.
  3. Develop the organisational conditions for managers.
  4. Work to reduce the impact of bureaucratisation and the increasing administrative burden.
  5. Investigate and work on the impact of digitalisation on the work environment.

The report from the sub-project “A long-term attractive and sustainable workplace” was presented and discussed by the Vice-Chancellor’s Management Council on 25 May, and it is now up to the Vice-Chancellor to decide whether and how LU will proceed with the proposals.

Collecting experiences of increased remote work

The second sub-project in the The Workplace of the Future is called “The hybrid workplace” and will run until December 2022. The aim is to collect experiences from the return to a more hybrid workplace with increased remote work, focusing on technical and administrative staff.