Message from Bill Kroll, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister, Management Sector
Update # 3: March 15, Increased Emphasis on Working from Home
As we know, we continue to operate in a rapidly changing environment. I am writing to share new information and remind you of how you can help us operate and support each other in these challenging circumstances.
What has changed
Working from home:
- New direction on working from home was received from Treasury Board Secretariat on Sunday, March 15. Our direction is based on this.
- Managers are expected to consider telework for all their employees, at all work sites across Canada. Managers should work with them to identify an approach that is as flexible as possible while ensuring continued critical government operations and services to Canadians.
- Consistent with deputy head accountabilities, departments and agencies are asked to identify and determine how best to manage through exceptional situations (critical services requiring on-site presence; security limitations; or other operational imperatives for which no reasonable alternative to working on-site can be considered) that do not lend themselves to telework.
- We are working as quickly as possible to give you the precise guidance you need as things continue to evolve rapidly. It is essential that we all abide by instructions from local health authorities.
- Managers will discuss option with employees who are not able to work from home.
International travel and self-isolation:
- The Public Health Agency of Canada asked Canadians not to travel internationally, including to the United States.
- PHAC is strongly recommending that all travellers arriving in Canada take the additional precaution to self-isolate for 14 days.
- Please contact your manager to discuss your situation.
- Network use: avoid stressing the network by getting the documents you need, and disconnecting. When possible, download your documents outside of business hours.
- Take care of your physical health: protect yourself and your family by monitoring for symptoms and relying on authoritative, up-to-date information from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
- Take care of your mental health: if you or a family member is finding it difficult to cope with stress, please consider reaching out to the Employee Assistance Program (1-800-268-7708.) It’s there to support you, it’s anonymous, and it’s available 24/7.
I want to reassure all of you that your health and safety are our greatest concern.
I will to update you when information becomes available. The Chief Human Resources Officer has updated Questions and Answers online. There is also useful information about COVID in the workplace at from the Public Service Occupational Health Program.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
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