Message from Bill Kroll, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister, Management Sector
Update # 4: March 17 - Working Together, Supporting Each Other
I want to take this moment to first express our thanks to all of you for your patience and your dedication to performing your work under challenging and rapidly changing circumstances.
These early days have been challenging and unusual—in both our work and personal lives. Know that we are grateful for the tremendous efforts of every employee, in all parts of the department and in every region, to ensure we can keep our operations as seamless as possible, and to serve the Canadian public, and to take care of our teams, each other and ourselves.
Today, I am reaching out to you to share the very latest information. The department will continue to do everything we can to support you in these unprecedented times.
Telework: We strongly encourage all employees to telework, whenever and wherever possible. This is consistent with Treasury Board directives, and is part of the Government of Canada’s efforts to flatten the curve and increase social-distancing. Managers are expected to work with their employees at all of our worksites across Canada to identify an approach that is as flexible as possible while ensuring continued critical government operations and services to Canadians.
Network capacity: The unprecedented numbers of employees working from home across the public service and here at Justice is, not surprisingly, having an impact on our IT infrastructure and networks. In an effort to ensure critical government functions can continue, we are encouraging employees to:
- Get the documents you need and then disconnect
- Download your documents outside of business hours
- Use mobile devices for emails
We are working with Shared Services to mitigate network issues and we will keep you updated in the coming days.
Region-specific guidelines: As you know, the Provinces of Ontario, Quebec and Alberta have declared a state of emergency. Other provinces may follow. We encourage all managers and employees to stay informed of the latest developments wherever you live and work, and to continue to respect and follow advice from local public health authorities.
Taking care of our mental and physical health: In this challenging and stressful time, it is paramount that we take care of our health and the well-being of our families and our loved ones. There are many resources available to us:
- Stay up to date through authoritative public health sources such as the Public Health Agency of Canada and your local health authorities, especially if you are feeling physically unwell.
- If you are feeling worried and stressed and need someone to talk to, please contact the Employee Assistance Program (1-800-268-7708.) It’s there to support us, it’s anonymous, and it’s available 24/7.
- There is also a new and very helpful COVID-19 and Mental Health@Work resource from the Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer.
I want to reassure all of you that your health and safety are our greatest concern. Take care of yourselves, your colleagues and your families. I know that together, we will continue to support each other and will get through this challenging time.
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