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Daily News Fall 2021 updates for students: What we know and what we’re working towards

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McMaster University will continue to host undergraduate academic activities remotely for the Spring/Summer/Intersession term with only a few exceptions for courses that need student access to specialized equipment.

Changing How We Work Remotely In Science

Workload and wellbeing best practices recommended by McMaster's President, Provost and Vice Presidents are being adopted in the Faculty of Science.

Working on laptop"The shift to working remotely has had a significant impact on our campus community," wrote the University's executive leadership team. ."It has created challenges and difficult circumstances for many. Care for dependents, the demanding virtual environment and the general uncertainty that surrounds the pandemic all play a role in the workplace now that the lines between work and home have been blurred. Leaders across faculties and departments have an opportunity to ease the pressure and angst felt by many employees and improve the overall wellbeing of the McMaster community."

Dean Maureen MacDonald encourages faculty members and staff to adopt the following best practices to help ease workloads and stress:

Meetings:
  • Book meetings for 20 or 50 minutes instead of 30 and 60 minutes to give everyone some time to step away from screens between meetings.
  • Set an agenda for every meeting with designated times for each topic so meetings end on time.
Email:
  • When sending non-urgent emails on nights and weekends, use the delayed delivery function in Outlook so there's no expectation to immediately reply to emails sent outside of regular working hours.
Prioritization and Workload:
  • Work with colleagues to decide what work is urgent and what work can be deferred.
  • Distinguish between must-do and nice-to-do assignments and projects.
  • Use Microsoft Teams or other systems to help manage workflow and reduce the need for meetings.
Build a supportive environment across our Faculty of Science:
  • Initiate and join conversations that demonstrate support, comfort and build trust with colleagues.
  • Remain active. Encourage physical activity and share information on online fitness activities developed by Athletics and Recreation
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