Remote Learning Opportunities Available

Our HR Learning & Development team is working diligently at identifying web-based learning workshops that can provide tools, resources and skills to meet a diversity of needs that have been identified as we all try to adapt to remote or challenging work conditions.

Homewood Health Update Regarding Telecommunications

Due to a significant increase in people working from home in recent days and using telecommunications more than usual, we have been alerted of congestion on the telecommuncation providers networks. As a result, callers may be experiencing difficulties reaching the Customer Service Centre for EFAP services. They may be a busy signal or message telling them their call can't go through. This situation is unrelated to the Homewood Health telephone system.

The following actions can be taken:

Laptop Ergonomics While Working Remotely

Working on a laptop for prolonged periods during the day can cause discomfort in several areas of your body depending on your position and the repetitiveness of the task. Here are a few tips to make your remote work location as comfortable as possible.

COVID-19 Homewood Health Resources

The University's EFAP provider, Homewood Health, has provided information relating to COVID-19, including fact sheets and general information. This can be found here.

If you, or a member of your family is in need of assistance during this time, Homewood is available 24/7 and can be reached at 1-800-663-1142

University, CUPE 1334 Reach Tentative Agreement

The University of Guelph and CUPE 1334, the union that represents 240 trades, custodial and maintenance workers on campus, have reached a tentative agreement. It now requires ratification by both parties.

The University and CUPE 1334 released the following joint statement:

Notice of Scheduled Systems Maintenance February 20 - 24, 2020

From Thursday February 20 at 4:00 pm to Tuesday February 25 at 8:30 am, CCS will be performing scheduled system maintenance that will impact access to some HR systems.

The following applications and services will be unavailable during the entirety of the service window:

U of G Ranks 6th Among Universities in Forbes Best Canadian Employers List

The University of Guelph was recognized last week by Forbes magazine as one of the best Canadian universities to work for. Of the universities included in the list, U of G placed sixth.

“It is wonderful to see U of G recognized on such a prestigious list,” says Martha Harley, associate vice-president (human resources). “The University is committed to being an employer of choice and creating a supporting and engaging workplace. I am happy to see that our employees are speaking highly of their experiences here.”

Homewood Support Line for the Ukrainian International Airlines Disaster

Homewood Health has opened a special intake line to provide free telephonic support to anyone in Canada needing support dealing with the aftermath of the Ukrainian International Airlines disaster. This line will provide immediate and confidential access to emotional and psychological first aid. Homewood  crisis specialists are trained to assist callers immediately, while also serving as a connection for more in depth support or community assistance.

The supprt line, 1-833-375-0267, is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week



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