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Work and Life

PWBM has matured and expanded. The following points clarify expectations for work in our larger and growing team:

  • Time: We do not track your hours or micromanage your time. As long as you are producing and are available to work with your colleagues, we are flexible with your time at the office. Nevertheless, group interaction is key to success, and so coordination of “office time” for real-time collaboration is crucial. Although the standard University workday is 9AM – 5PM, we allow for flexibility within that range, so that you can do some work at home or at a coffee shop, whatever helps you focus. If you do need some additional flexibility, first talk to your immediate boss and then to the faculty director.

  • Working from home: According to University policy, the University requires you to use paid time off (PTO) for compensated work absence, though special circumstances can be accommodated. PTO should be requested from your immediate boss using the University online system. PTO includes more than just “vacation” days and should be used for other personal time off. However, we understand that some events arise which require you to be away from the office but do not necessarily prevent you from working productively for most of the day. In this case, talk to the faculty director ahead of time. We can usually work something out.

  • Office comfort: In order to maximize everyone’s productivity, you should be mindful and respectful of your colleagues’ comfort and work environment. In addition, PWBM is willing to acquire for you (within reason) any particular items or accommodations such as an ergonomic chair or other equipment needed for health reasons. We also make an effort to have some snacks and drinks available. We will do our best to accommodate your furniture and supply needs so that you can be productive.

Additional Resources:

Penn Human Resources: Benefits and Pay
Penn Sexual Harassment Policy
U@Penn Portal
Penn Medicine Portal