For administrative and support functions, the university is taking a hybrid approach to fall. This means that some areas can continue to operate remotely with minimal onsite presence, allowing resources to be allocated to students and staff for in-person learning and activities where possible.
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 vaccinations 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.
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 is also in the process of enhancing 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.
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.
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.
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.