Working from Home FAQs
When I am working from home am I covered by the University’s insurance?
The University’s Public Liability Insurance policy covers staff during their normal course of work, including working from home. The University’s Employers’ Liability Insurance policy applies in the same way as if the employee was working at their usual place of work. Staff are advised to check with their home insurance providers in relation to any possible impact on their own policy.
- How do I look after my wellbeing while working on my computer at home?
Working from home in the current environment isn’t normal, and it’s ok if it doesn’t feel normal but there are things you can do to help. It is particularly important to take regular breaks and maintain positive wellbeing when working from home.
Make sure to get up and move at least every 25 minutes – getting outside, some fresh air or even just undertaking some simple stretches, such as those suggested by the NHS.
Please also check out the Working from Home advice on our Staff Wellbeing page.
- What should I do if I'm finding Teams calls are being set-up on a continual basis as we continue to work remotely?
It is important to take breaks throughout the day to maintain your health and wellbeing.
Schedule out some time in your day where meetings are not put in the diary. Staff can also try a meeting free afternoon in the week to offer some time to catch-up and to take a break from Teams meetings.
- I am feeling isolated and I would like to return to working on campus even though I can work from home.
If you are feeling isolated at this time, please discuss with your manager to see if there are any options which will help you feel more engaged and connected whilst remaining at home. There also may be opportunities for you to do some work on campus but an appropriate risk assessment will need to be done before this could happen.
The government advice is to remain working remotely for the time-being, if you can do so.
- As I work from home, can I reclaim expenses associated with acquiring equipment and maintaining a home office?
The University is not proposing to cover additional expenses and discourages staff purchasing their own equipment and printing materials. If lockdown continues for a significant period of time, consideration will be given to the equipment needs of staff working from home.