As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, our global Human Resource team would like to remind employees of the resources available to them and helpful tips for working from home.
During this challenging situation, we ask employees to remain flexible and understanding of the changes that may be required to their regular routines. We encourage employees and their managers to connect regularly and maintain open communication about the changes and challenges that individuals and their families may be facing. Change may be difficult, but with patience and persistence, we will adapt to the new situation.
If you need additional support during this time, please reach out to your local HR team who can direct you to helpful resources such as your local employee assistance program and/or other local health and related services.
For groups that are working from home, it is important that managers connect with their team regularly, discuss priorities and define roles and responsibilities to maximize efficiency while working remotely.
The adjustment to working from home can take a little while. The following tips can help you maximize your experience when working from home:
- Create a daily routine to remain on track and provide a sense of normalcy. It may take you a week or more to find a new “normal”
- Have a designated work station – if possible, find an area for a standing work station
- Incorporate a work-life balance; it’s ok if you have to work outside of standard hours in order to attend to family needs at home
- Be honest with your manager about the limitations or the challenges you face working from home, and seek support to address these
- Stay connected with colleagues: use video and voice calls, not just email
As a reminder, stay proactive and vigilant to protect yourself against the virus including washing your hands regularly, avoid touching your face and cover any coughs and sneezes. If you are experiencing symptoms, please contact your local public health unit, stay home and let your managers know.