Message from Bill Kroll, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister, Management Sector
Update # 20: June 15 – Housekeeping as we head into summer
Throughout the COVID-19 situation, Justice Canada has had to adapt many of our processes, from human resources procedures to setting up a home office. Today, I want to take a moment to share some important reminders and updated guidance about a few key issues.
Working from Home: As you know, Justice employees have been asked to continue to work remotely, if possible, for the foreseeable future. What might have seemed like an acceptable alternative workspace for a few weeks might be insufficient now or in the months to come. Your health and safety are essential, no matter where you’re working.
- For employees who may need supplies or equipment please speak with your manager, who can discuss options including purchases.
- For employees seeking access to the workplace, please submit your request for your manager’s approval through our new Office Entry App.
- For updated ergonomic tips on how to set up your home workstation, consult the employee resources website.
Performance and Talent Management: Both performance management and talent management deadlines have been extended.
- Employee assessments and ratings in performance agreements are due by July 31, 2020.
- Discussions about expectations, work objectives and learning and development plans for 2020–21 should also be completed by that date. Details on the beginning of the 2020–21 performance cycle for the senior cadre will be shared in a future message following communication of the Clerk’s corporate priorities.
- For employees in the senior cadre, and for senior excluded and unrepresented managers and specialists, final feedback and ratings will be communicated after the departmental review processes, and agreements can be closed at that time.
- For substantive EX/LCs, if you have not already completed your talent management questionnaire, please do so by the end of July.
LC-01 Departmental Collective Staffing: We anticipate relaunching the national LC-01 collective staffing process this week. The link for the advertisement will be shared with your respective management team once it is available.
Indigenous Healing for Public Servants: Not only is it Indigenous History Month, but it’s also National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21. The Canada School of Public Service is holding a webcast on June 19 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm (ET) that will address the impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous Peoples and look at the role of the Employee Assistance Program in helping public servants access culturally appropriate forms of care. All employees in the public service are invited and encouraged to attend. Please click here to register.
I appreciate your continued hard work under challenging, and sometimes stressful, conditions. I’m sure that many of us are looking forward to being able to rest and regroup in the nice weather. This week, we mark a milestone in our year as we head into summer: National Public Service Week. As with everything, it will be a bit different this year, but celebrating our work as public servants is more important than ever.
I encourage you to check out the online features to extend your appreciation to colleagues, and connect through our special video project, showing that we can be together, apart.
Thank you again.
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