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The excerpt below is a component of the weekly Higher Ed Issues Landscape Report, which analyzes the top conversation trends in higher education for the past week and highlights qualitative and quantitative insights on the topics and universities that drove coverage.

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For many, the prospect of university administrators and other staff members returning to campus in the fall presents an exciting opportunity to reengage with colleagues and students in ways that might not have been possible during the peak periods of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it has become clear that many university members are nearing or currently experiencing burnout, and communications strategies must take this into account.

Questions to Anticipate:

Here are some questions likely to surface that are worth preparing for:

  • How does the university plan to enforce return-to-work policies?
  • Were staff members consulted when shaping return-to-work policies?
  • What allowances will be made to those with specific needs (health or otherwise)?
  • What decision-making criteria were used to shape return-to-work policies?
  • What policies have other schools, divisions, or departments rolled out? How do those differ from ours? Why?