Message from Bill Kroll, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister, Management Sector
Update # 14: April 23 – Looking Ahead and Staying Productive
Over the last several weeks, I’ve been sending you regular messages on a wide range of topics: tips on remote work, keeping yourselves in good mental health, and updates on core business activities. You’ve also received some encouraging words from our Deputy Minister Nathalie Drouin and Associate Deputy Minister François Daigle, as well as the Clerk of the Privy Council.
Now, as we take steps to stabilize some of our work functions and look ahead, you will start to see some different names popping into your inbox. Look for messages from other Justice officials, including from some of our departmental champions who are looking ahead at ongoing activities such as Awards and Recognition, Open Government, Accessibility, Mental Health and Wellness, and Employment Equity and Diversity. This is a small shift but an important one, as we gradually expand our lens and focus on larger departmental files and initiatives.
As part of this shift in focus, managers are being encouraged to ramp up their student hiring efforts as we approach May. Not only will this bring on fresh talent to help the Department respond to the crisis and build our recovery, it also supports the Government of Canada’s efforts to help young people find jobs and gain work experience during the pandemic. Managers received information this week on how this process will work during COVID-19.
I also want to draw your attention to some recent additions to the Justice employee COVID-19 site that can help us work more productively during this time.
- Using Microsoft (MS) Teams: Information on how to use this online tool to collaborate with colleagues at the unclassified level, including audio and video conferencing functions (to be used off the network to reduce impacts on bandwidth).
- Ergonomic tips for remote work: Great tips and tools on how to set up your home workspace, define your work and personal time, and avoid injuries.
- Training and Development: Updates on how to cancel external in-person training, and information about available online courses.
Now it’s your turn! We want to hear from you to make sure the employee site responds to your information needs. The Communications Branch has just added a quick survey to get your feedback on the site, as well as our overall communications to date with all employees. We need and value your input. The survey closes May 4!
Thank you, as always, for your hard work, your patience and your willingness to help each other.
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