Flexible Work Arrangement - Kim Heersche
Kimberly K. Heersche
Technology Training Specialist
Human Resources Training and Development
In addition to my job at the University of Kentucky, I am an active professional musician in the Lexington area. Straight out of high school, I pursued two degrees in music: one in Music Education and the second in Oboe Performance. As is often the case for individuals in the fine arts, when I graduated it was soon apparent that I would not be able to make a living solely as a musician. Before I came to the University of Kentucky, the positions I held with other organizations made it difficult for me to foster my musical interests. Due to the incredible support of my supervisors and the University of Kentucky’s flexible work schedule policy, I am able to live with the best of both worlds. I have an extremely fulfilling position as a Technology Trainer in the Human Resources Training and Development department and am also given the flexibility to adjust my work schedule when musical teaching and performing opportunities occur during normal business hours. My musical teaching obligations impact my schedule most weeks of the year - currently I’m off-campus one afternoon a week in order to teach oboe students at a local school district during school hours. I make up any UK hours missed primarily by working at home on nights and weekends (facilitated by remote computer access at home!) and sometimes by extending hours on other work days. When an important event at UK takes precedence, I adjust my music teaching schedule. Being given the opportunity to maintain my musical interests benefits my job at UK because it keeps my creative mind sharp - allowing me to perform at my highest levels and maintain satisfaction with my job. Not only has a flexible work schedule become a big motivator to continue my career at the University of Kentucky, it has contributed greatly to my overall quality of life.