Managing staff working from home

Staff Who Wish to Continue Working from Home

During the phased return to campus, employees may continue to work from home subject to administrative, operational, and academic program requirements.

A formal work from home program will be introduced this fall to align with the full return to campus in January 2022. Employees who wish to continue to work from home on an ongoing basis will be able to discuss with their manager or supervisor for consideration.

  • Applications will be assessed based on operational needs. Some roles may not be suitable for remote work and therefore excluded from eligibility.
  • All approved requests will include a trial period and a regular review schedule to ensure operational and employee needs are met.
  • There will be a requirement for occasional ongoing in-person presence in the workplace.
  • All work from home arrangements must be in compliance with collective agreements and legislation.
  • Guidelines for the program, including the application procedure, will be shared this fall.

Managing a Combined In-Person/Remote Workforce

Note: the following information is applicable only until the phased return to campus. The formal work from home program guidelines will be different.

Your role as a leader

Take a look at the best practices for leading your time while working remotely.


Understand home hazard assessment and what to do if an employee is injured.


Make sure faculty and staff have the equipment and supplies they need to work remotely.

Equipment and supplies

Here's what you need to know about lending university equipment, and getting supplies for faculty and staff to use remotely.

Conversation tips for assessing needs of staff working remotely

Here are some ideas that anyone who supervises staff, faculty, or post-docs can use to start a dialogue with their employees.