Summer Workforce and Operations Planning

Summer 2021 Workforce and Operations Plans

NC State is planning for a normal fall semester and we are excited to bring more staff, faculty and students back (see this Campus Memo dated April 22, 2021). This iteration of Pack Ready Plan review will prepare units and colleges with measured staff return planning, workplace readiness and restoration of operations. Information collected in this revision will be used from April 2021 to August 2021.

For this next planning stage, units and colleges will continue to use the existing Pack Ready Planning template and new tabs titled Summer Staffing Plan. The original collaborative approach of preparing this data should continue in your unit or college and engage unit and college leadership, HR Leads or other appropriate personnel during revisions.  Should you need assistance locating your unit or college’s template, please contact EMMC.

For detailed information and template specifics related to updating your unit or college Summer 2021 Pack Ready Refresh Plan, please read this resource.  

For unit and college communication information (to be used the week of June 1), please read this resource.

Staffing and Schedules

As unit and college Pack Ready Plan worksheets are revised for summer and fall, consider hybrid/flexible work schedules, tiered staffing models, physical work in office and the prioritization of work activities and services required for effective campus operations. The goal is to start returning to in-person work as soon as possible while maintaining health and safety considerations.  For many units and colleges, using a phased approach in returning staff and faculty to on-site work will assist with this return to campus effort, as employees adjust to on-site work conditions and expectations.  Examples include adding staff in a measured and phased approach, and diagraming floor plans with schedules.  Below is an example:

University Human Resources has provided Flexible Work Arrangements Interim Provisions and the Operational Guide for Managers & Supervisors for Interim Flexible Work Arrangements.

Surveillance Testing

The university will continue surveillance testing through summer and fall. For current program information, please visit the Protect the Pack website

  • For those returning to on-site work and who are asked to participate in weekly surveillance testing, surveillance testing for this group will begin the week of June 1.  Surveillance testing for NC State employees is available on campus and is free. 
  • Testing is available Monday-Friday; assigned testing days are no longer required for weekly testing. 
  • Fully vaccinated individuals may be removed from surveillance testing requirements once proof of vaccine is provided via HealthyPack Portal.  No action is required by units/colleges for this change; EMMC and SHS will coordinate this effort and communicate directly with employees.
Vaccine Programming

Vaccines are highly encouraged for all members of the NC State community but are not required.

NC State will continue to offer vaccines over the coming months in Student Health.  COVID-19 vaccines are not a requirement of returning to campus.  You are encouraged to consider submitting proof of vaccination to the HealthyPack Portal- Submitting Proof of COVID-19 Vaccinations via the HealthyPack Portal | Health Services