Preparing for on-campus work

Employees who are required in-person to ensure successful operational delivery are expected to return on February 28, 2022, and should have received notice from their supervisor. An updated timeline for a phased return to campus for all other employees will be shared soon.

Preparing for on-campus work

You will be notified that you will be transitioning to on-campus work 30 days prior to your transition date, when possible.

Take the training. Complete the Coming to Campus e-training course. This 10-minute online program will help you understand the hazards and risks and what you can do to protect yourself, your colleagues, and family from COVID-19. All transitioning employees are required to complete this e-course. 

Follow safety protocols. Visit the Campus Safety Checklist page and follow all applicable safety measures. The university will continue to follow all public health measures that may be implemented. Infection control practices will continue as the fall term gets underway, including wearing masks, hand hygiene, sneeze and cough best practices, self-monitoring for signs of illness, and staying home at any signs of illness. All employees should be familiar with the most recent Safety Measures General Directives.

Identify your needs and concerns. Plan a discussion with your manager to ensure you feel safe, and be prepared to describe your concerns. Do you have childcare or other family responsibilities that make the transition to on-campus work difficult? Do you have or live with someone who has compromised immunity? Are you uncertain of the safety measures and controls in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

As always, employees who feel their working conditions are unsafe will be advised to raise the concern with their supervisor. Health, Safety and Environment can assist in the assessment of safe working conditions and work with the local unit to rectify concerns. Employees have the right to refuse to work in unsafe conditions. Standard processes will be followed should an unsafe working environment be identified.

Check that your technology is ready to use. Before coming to campus, set aside some time to go through the technology readiness checklist to confirm technology, such as your on-campus computer, is ready for use.

Access wellbeing resources. As we prepare for a transition to campus, it is likely that many of us may experience increased worry or concern about our physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing. Wellbeing in the Workplace—A Guide for Welcoming Staff to Campus has been developed to assist in managing stress and worry while navigating these changes by having easy access to self directed support on a variety of topics.

Be prepared to identify your work priorities. This will make your transition easier. Consider: 

  • What are the goals for the first few days and weeks?
  • What work ceased and now needs to be re-established? Are there particular steps required to start up this work? 
  • Do you have the equipment you need to work with colleagues remotely and on campus?

Consider how your work has changed. Prepare to discuss these questions with your manager or supervisor:

  • How has your work changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic response?
  • Have the functions of your role changed?
  • What changes have worked well? What didn’t work?
  • Can you identify new ways of doing things?
  • What tools did you use for remote work that can be added to the permanent toolbox?
  • What do you need to be successful in your work?
  • Are you flexible in the way you work?
  • Could the office or workspace configuration be changed to enable better collaboration or productivity?
  • What can we do better now that we transitioned to on-campus work?
  • Do policies, procedures, or processes need to be updated to incorporate a new way of working?

Be flexible. Recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic response will not be static. Plans for transitioning to campus will need to be flexible as circumstances change.

Reporting Illnesses

Faculty and staff who are ill with COVID-19 symptoms and other conditions must continue to follow the established procedure for sick employees.

Work-Related Travel

Refer to the University of Alberta COVID-19 Travel Directive for information on travel restrictions while conducting university business.