Student facing services will have more of an on-campus presence as term begins. While some remote work may still be possible and encouraged, we will continue to be focused on rebuilding a vibrant campus presence and experience for all members of our community as we ensure delivery of our university vision and strategic priorities.
Faculties and departments are asked to determine the operational requirements of their areas and coordinate staffing levels and options accordingly.
Supervisors have been asked to give employees as much notice as possible about a return to on campus work to allow them time to prepare and make any necessary arrangements. Please talk to your supervisor about individual needs and requirements.
HR support is available to explore potential options and solutions.
Each department and faculty will be determining the appropriate level of onsite presence for their area, and we all need to expect that the fall will continue to be a transitional time. Looking to the future, McMaster is evaluating learning from the pandemic, and pilot arrangements through the fall that address employee wellness.
McMaster leadership is asking leaders to be inclusive and understanding of staff needs for flexibility, especially during the fall, and explore new ways of working where possible.
As vaccination rates across Hamilton and Ontario continue to increase and COVID-19 case counts continue to fall, teams across McMaster are planning for Winter 2022 term to be in-person, with optimism that on-campus life and learning activities will be very close to pre-pandemic operations.
We will also continue to ensure our planning is flexible so that we can pivot if necessary due to public health measures.
Resources for McMaster employees, from wellness to tips on working in a virtual or in-person environment.
There are a number of resources available to employees to support their wellbeing and mental health, including:
- Visit the HR Events and the Employee Well-being webpages for upcoming online wellness sessions and additional initiatives
- Explore the psychological well-being resources available for employees and managers
- Look into our Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) Smart Coaching offerings such as Parenting, Caregiving and Wellness coaching.
- A Way Through seeks to support people in managing grief, loss and bereavement during COVID-19 by making resources more accessible and fostering community support.
McMaster Human Resources provides an updated guide and checklist to support those who have been working on campus throughout the pandemic and those who may return to campus in some capacity. If you are approved to work onsite, here are resources to support you.
For information on safety measures and COVID reporting, please visit the Health and Safety page.
McMaster is asking leaders to be inclusive and to prioritize flexibility for their teams when a return or partial return to working onsite is identified. This could include different start/end times to support new circumstances that individuals may have since the pandemic began.
We’re really encouraging open dialogue and trial arrangements that work for everyone. We know that so much has changed at home, and at work since last year. We are hoping that most arrangements can be made keeping all of this in mind.
Whether it is due to weather, a scheduled absence, emergency or illness— online collaboration and productivity tools provide continuity. University Technology Services (UTS) provides IT tools and services to support your work on or off campus.
UTS and Facility Services have enhanced wireless internet access around campus, including outdoor spaces to support distanced collaboration.
Resources to support supervisor decision-making and leadership of teams as McMaster transitions back to campus.
To assist with your decisions around work arrangements and operational needs for your team, please consult McMaster’s Leader Decision Guide.
Additionally, the COVID-19 Supervisor Guide and Workplace Health and Safety Guidelines During COVID-19 both contain key information for chairs and employment supervisors.
Throughout the summer, leaders can participate in several upcoming sessions being held to support the evolving needs of their teams through the gradual transition back to campus.
Please visit the Health and Safety page for information on safety training for the campus community.
This bulletin provides an overview of employment considerations and University guidance with respect to out of province / country employment arrangements through to April 30, 2022.
This approach may be further reviewed within the next 12 months in support of longer-term recruitment strategies for the University.
Many leaders have carried heavy workloads and responsibilities during the pandemic. The McMaster Okanagan Committee prepared this toolkit with the intent to make their jobs easier – to provide them with quick and helpful reminders and tips that they can consider and employ with their teams as we return to campus.
Updates on McMaster’s phased return to increased research activity
The default for researchers is to work from home when possible. The research community has moved to an updated phase two, which allows for increased activity for on-campus or fieldwork research with approval from associate or vice dean of research, and in some cases from the vice president, Research.
The guidelines outlined in this document will assist in the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) related to Research Lab Use and will help to ensure the appropriate COVID-19 health and safety considerations for the protection of all members of the McMaster community.
The guidelines outlined in this document will assist in the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) related to fieldwork and will help to ensure the appropriate COVID-19 health and safety considerations for the protection of all members of the McMaster community.
Resources, supports and information for faculty and instructors as they prepare virtual and in-person learning components.
The MacPherson Institute also provides individual and group consultations for instructors seeking pedagogical support and technological expertise.
In spring 2021, MacPherson hired 21 temporary positions to help support the increased remote teaching needs, and many of these supports will be extended until spring 2022. This continuation will ensure instructors and faculty continue to have support as they prepare courses for hybrid and flexible teaching environments.
As fall will continue to be a transitional period, MacPherson has resources in place to support remote teaching options and information to enhance your home recording and virtual classroom setup.
Click here for McMaster’s MS 365 hub and here for the new Discover and Learn MS 365 and Zoom website (users must be logged with their McMaster email and password for access to the Discover and Learn site).
The Faculty of Engineering also provides additional online teaching tool instructions and tips.
For information on academic appointments, tenure, promotion and faculty supports — please visit the Office of the Provost’s dedicated web page. This resource also includes frequently used forms, policies and guides of interest to faculty.