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 is and may well continue to be a new 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, the technology we all have access to now is loaded with functionality and ways to make work even more accessible. It includes ways in which we can connect easily and quickly from both our phones and laptops, all of which can help reduce any feeling of isolation etc.
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 they already are – 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 are very aware 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.
These FAQs cover a range of topics on accessibility issues such as audio and video etiquette, document management and sharing, messaging and effective participation in group and/or virtual meetings.
Please note that some specific tasks may not be appropriate for some people, using virtual means, and that’s fine.
Where that is the case, managers should reallocate those tasks and liaise with the member of staff to identify alternative tasks they could undertake – as they would in an office environment.
We trust you find these FAQs useful but if you require further information, advice or support, please contact the HR Hub by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org