"We are on our way in terms of the future modes of working"

"We are on our way in terms of the future modes of working"

Fri 19 Nov 11:11

Mid Sweden University has started a pre-study to define what the future modes of working means to us and how this affects our work.

Kicki Strandh

It is about finding ways of working that contribute to the achievement of goals based on our mission, facilitating cooperation and simplifying our everyday lives. Everything to create the best conditions for education, research and the operational support. The project also includes development of the campus of the future.

The starting point is to find an approach that offers flexible modes of working as well as more traditional ways of working and is visionary and forward-looking. After New Year, the pre-study is expected to be completed regarding the future modes of working.

What is happening in the project right now?

— We have come a long way in terms of the future modes of working. There we have together with the project team, based on the recordings we received during the inspiration day in August and a trend analysis, begun to define what the future modes of working means for us. In our work, we focus not only on where we work, but also how. This week, all managers have received a material to be able to create dialogue in the working groups about the working methods of the future where they have the opportunity to give their input in the work. We have also been out in various management teams and discussed this, says Kicki Strandh, Head of Communications and Chairman of the steering group for the project’s future modes of working and the campus of the future.

Outside the project, discussions are also taking place with our trade unions?

— That is right, there are currently discussions with trade unions on how a more flexible working time agreement for technical/administrative staff can look so that we can achieve our ambition with flexible working methods. Teachers’ working time agreements already provide for this possibility as they have an annual working time. More information will be provided as soon as possible, says Kicki.

How will we work in the future, what are you discussing in the project?

— We are not quite there yet. We want to move towards a more flexible way of working with simpler and more efficient administration, where we have clear work processes that simplify and free up time and where we can use all the possibilities of digitalisation, says Kicki.

There is also a feasibility study on the campus of the future, what is happening there?

— There we have started the dialogue with students and external stakeholders. In week 6 we start our internal seminars on the campus of the future, says Kicki.

How do you in the project view a living campus?

— The future modes of working also means that you can meet across borders or in coworking environments, where we get the link to the campus of the future. We are a university and depend on a living campus for our students and employees. But that doesn't mean we have to sit in the office 100 % of our time, concludes Kicki.