Work/Life Balance

The University of Arkansas recognizes the importance of a healthy employee work/life balance. As work/life balance advocates, Human Resources strives to guide and support employees through the many transitions they experience throughout their career at the university, including those that intersect both work and home. The university's vision for supporting a healthy work/life balance includes:

Valuing Employees

At the University of Arkansas, we value our employees and recognize them as our organization’s greatest asset. We understand that the personal and family lives of our employees contribute to who they are and affect how they perform.

Generous Paid Leave

We support employees through generous paid leave programs that address the realities of personal and family life.

Flexible Work Schedule Policies

We facilitate flexible work schedule policies including job sharing, compressed work week and telecommuting.

Tuition Benefits

We invest in our employees by paying 90% of an employee's tuition and 50% of tuition for spouses and dependents. Employees can request up to five hours of release time to attend one class per semester. The University of Arkansas also has a Employee Educational Development Incentive policy that provides financial incentive to benefit-eligible employees for degree completion.

Retirement Benefits

We assist employees in planning for life beyond their working years with generous and flexible retirement benefits that require no employee contributions but match optional contributions.


The university supports employees and their families through difficult times with personal, professional and family counseling at no cost through the Employee Assistance Program.

Personal and Financial Well Being

We care for the personal and financial well being of employees and their families by providing benefits such as no cost life and disability insurance, flexible and affordable health plans with no cost wellness benefits, optional vision and dental programs as well as other insurance options.

Child and Elder Care

The university champions child and elder care by providing resources, referrals and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts.

Conveniences and Discounts

On-campus conveniences include banking, postal and shipping services, photo processing, dining hall meal plans through payroll deduction, and laundry services, as well as multiple-account direct deposit and payroll deductions to purchase computer equipment. A number of businesses also offer discounts to University of Arkansas employees.

Professional Development

The university offers training and professional development opportunities for employees, including release time with approval.