Working during COVID-19

Learn about the resources available to you while working during COVID-19.

Guidelines for working remotely

As UBC continues to navigate the COVID-19 situation, and in support of physical distancing protocols, the university has implemented a Remote Work Arrangement for employees who are able to do so. This applies to employees of the university regardless of their membership in any union or association and it includes our employees who are postdoctoral fellows, graduate students or those in student appointments.

View the Remote Work Arrangements page for guidelines, checklist agreement, and additional FAQ. Please review these guidelines with your supervisor to ensure safety and information security are met.

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Mental health supports and resources

There are a number of mental health resources available at the university:

Are you a staff or faculty member working closely with students? Visit the Student Services' Assisting Students in Distress.

Building a respectful work environment online

As most classes, activities and events take place digitally, it's important to maintain the same level of respect online as we would in person. You can help ensure that your online work environments are respectful, safe spaces for all. Learn more about building a respectful work environment online.

Working well with virtual meetings

Virtual meetings can sometimes be more fatiguing than face to face meetings as we work harder to process non-verbal cues, tone of voice, and body language, while being cognizant of our own communication and learning new technologies. In light of an increased need for screen time in our professional and personal lives, the following tips and strategies may help restore some balance – whether you attend or organize meetings.

 Working Well Guidelines for Virtual Meetings (pdf)

Learning opportunities for faculty and staff 

Virtual working has provided many opportunities to stretch into new technologies, ways of communicating and doing our work. And there are a number of opportunities to continue your learning and development activities.

Resources for teaching online

The Keep Teaching website offers resources for faculty as they plan their online classes. This website supports faculty in developing their own strategies in designing their courses online. The website also provides guidance on how to prepare to offer lectures, group work, discussion, assignments and assessments online. 



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