THE WAY WE WORK
Exploring where and how we work at Berkeley Lab.
What Stays the Same
Our mission at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is to solve the most pressing and profound scientific problems facing humankind.
STEWARDSHIP VALUES: OUR COMMITMENT
Benefits, Challenges, & Considerations
Challenges & Considerations
Increase employee engagement, productivity, and retention
Broaden the pool of available talent
Contribute to sustainability goals
Ensure business continuity
Use work space more efficiently and save money
Reduced spontaneity of interactions, which could adversely affect innovation, collaboration, creativity, and team culture.
Fewer in-person networking and relationship-building opportunities for the employee and key stakeholders.
Some employees whose duties could allow them to work off-site may not be eligible for a flexible work option if distractions or a suboptimal work space exists that affects their ability to be productive.
Possible additional equipment purchases/technology training.
Not all jobs are performed effectively off-site.
Possible loss of organizational culture with a loss of spontaneous encounters that are beneficial to creative endeavors and building trust.
Supervising a remote team can be more challenging because interactions might be less frequent, spontaneous, and personal.
Some employees may find working from home overwhelming and separating home and work and home life difficult.
Scheduling may be a challenge for teams that would require rotational on-site presence.
Training and onboarding new team members requires additional effort and diligence.