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Employee Wellness in the Remote Workplace

Dear colleagues,

As we adapt to the widespread changes associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the University is committed to supporting wellness in the workplace. The measures we take individually and collectively to create a culture that prioritizes well-being during this time will help build resilience as well as mitigate current and future challenges.

Working at home may involve unique challenges, ranging from changes in child and eldercare arrangements, to shared workspaces, and social isolation. So far, our community has navigated these difficulties remarkably and continues to achieve the goals of the University. As this situation may continue for some time, it is vital that we are mindful of sustaining well-being both individually and within our teams.

How to Support Well-being While Working Remotely

  • Take time for wellness. Consider having regular check-ins and wellness conversations with your colleagues and team.
  • Show empathy. Many of our colleagues need flexibility and compassion as we navigate balancing the needs of caregiving, homeschooling, and work. Additional support is available from the Family Care Office.
  • Try being virtually social. Encourage connection with your team by scheduling opportunities to interact and check in on each other.
  • Reach out for help. When needed, seek support and talk with others about how they are coping. Ensure you are aware of the available coaching, counselling and other services available to you with the Employee and Family Assistance Plan.
  • Work together. Prioritizing well-being as a team to ensure everyone is supported will help build resiliency, flexibility and inclusion.

For additional wellness resources, please review the Wellness and Work from Home Toolkit.

More Information

If you would like wellness support, please reach out to your manager, Teresa Scannell, Integrated Wellness Consultant, or your HR Divisional Office.

Additional wellness resources are available on our Support and Advice page.

At any time, you may call Homewood Health at 1-800-663-1142 for confidential, free wellness services or visit homeweb.ca

For all the latest information, please see the University’s Coronavirus page. Please take the time to review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), the HR & Equity COVID-19 website, and the Research COVID-19 FAQs. If you or members of your unit have a question that is not covered, please use the Contact Us button located at the top of the FAQ section to submit your question.