As a result of the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us now find ourselves working remotely and/or from home. For some of us, this may pose a challenge as we get to grips with new technology, a different way of working and in some cases, a greater sense of detachment and isolation from our work colleagues.
However, we all have access to technology that can make work more accessible including ways to quickly connect via mobiles and laptops. All of this can help to reduce any feeling of isolation.
The University is keen to ensure that all staff working remotely do not encounter any additional barriers or difficulties which make contributing to work any more challenging than it already is – particularly for those who are juggling heavy workloads alongside childcare, home schooling, illnesses and/or other dependants.
This is especially true for any member of staff who has a disability and/or long term condition. We also recognise that some staff will take longer to adapt to this new way of working.
However, we hope these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) alongside specific guidance and practical advice from the People and Culture Directorate, in addition to practical tips and advice from Information Services, will help all staff become more confident users of the technology available to them.
We also hope that this information can be used by managers in supporting staff working remotely.