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Ready to Return: HR resources for employees and leaders

From: Human Resources

As Virginia Tech prepares for the fall 2020 semester, we know our employees and leaders have many questions about returning to campus. The Division of Human Resources is here to help with the following resources:

Ready Resources website

Human Resources has developed a Ready Resources for Employees page, a new one-stop-shop for that features links and resources, including information on new university protocols, telework, leave options, and general employee wellness. Following are highlights of the information on the website:

  • Guidance for employees: Due to the impact of COVID-19, the university is implementing new protocols that all members of the Virginia Tech community are asked to follow. These changes aim to provide the best work and learning experience possible while maintaining the safety, health, and well-being of our campus community. Information and resources regarding these changes to campus can be found under the Guidance for Employees link on the site. We encourage employees to review the Guidance on Returning to Campus for Employees.
  • Telework and remote work: One of the changes we’ve seen with COVID-19 is an increase in telework and remote work. While not every position is well suited for telework, Virginia Tech supports flexible and alternative work options when telework or remote work is not an option. The Telework and Remote Work Information for Employees and Leaders tab on the Ready Resources website features a guide and resources for employees and leaders to determine if telework/remote work is a good solution.
  • Leave, wellness, and other resources: Ready Resources for Employees also features important information on leavebenefits, and general employee wellness that will be relevant as the fall 2020 semester begins.

HR virtual office hours

Human Resources is holding virtual office hours, which are available to any employee who needs to speak with a Human Resources representative. Virtual office hours are held daily from 8 – 9 a.m. and 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Click the following link to log in to a session: HR virtual office hours Zoom session.

In addition, the HR Service Center continues to respond to employee questions. Employees may contact the service center Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., at 540-231-9331 or

HR drop box

As a reminder, employees and non-employees may upload documents and forms to Human Resources using HR's secure Google Drive. Virginia Tech has an agreement with Google to ensure the documents are encrypted when in transit and after they have been uploaded to the folder. All documents will be reviewed when they are submitted by the HR Service Center and moved to the appropriate team for processing. If forms are received after normal business hours, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the forms will be reviewed the next business day. Processing times can vary. Read more information on HR's drop box here

Zoom sessions for leaders with direct reports

Human Resources is hosting Zoom sessions where leaders with direct reports can join to learn about available resources, ask questions, and have a conversation about key topics, issues, and concerns they are receiving from employees. Following is the session schedule, which includes several new sessions through mid-August.

Note: Leaders will need to register advance using the link below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information you will need to join the meeting.

Aug. 4 2 - 3 p.m. Register here
Aug. 6 11 a.m. - noon Register here
Aug. 12  2- 3 p.m. Register here
Aug. 14  11 a.m. - noon Register here
Aug. 18 11 a.m. - noon Register here

Human Resources is pleased to offer these additional resources to help answer questions and address concerns from our employees and leaders as we get ready for fall semester.