IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STAFF - Tuesday 24th MARCH
As you are aware, the College suspended all face-to-face classes from Tuesday 17th March until Further Notice. We thank you for your continued support and understanding during what is an unprecedented situation for all of us. The health and wellbeing of our staff and students remains the key priority for the College and we will continue to support you throughout this period of working from home.
The most important thing for us at this time is to make sure that provisions are in place to support all staff to work, and all students to study, from home, where possible.
It is vital during any period of campus closures that staff and their teams maintain good contact to ensure positive mental health and to support the continued daily business of the College.
Below is information and helpful guides to aid you with working from home. You will need to access the following applications as part of your role, so please make sure you have correct login details.
Microsoft Teams via Office 365
Microsoft Teams (MT) is an interactive webinar and conferencing platform which is included as part of your Microsoft Office 365 staff account. Please make sure you have the correct login details for your Office 365 staff account to access this application.
We aim to use MT as an interactive teaching platform alongside our current VLE platform Moodle. MT will also be used to conduct staff meetings. This is a helpful user guide for accessing some of Microsoft Teams features.
Health and Safety
For members of staff that work from home the following points should be considered:
Line Managers – need to ensure that home workers have sufficient equipment and training to work from home. Remember, if the College is closed, they will not be able to collect any additional equipment or supplies. Line Managers should also regularly check on their staff that will be working from home. This can be done via email, telephone, or Microsoft Teams to establish if your team members have any issues with working from home.
Display Screen Equipment (DSE) – when using any form of DSE which includes laptops, pads / tabs, phones or peripherals i.e. mice and keyboards the set-up and environment must be created to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries. Consider where and how you are sitting, heating, lighting and the general environment that you are working in. It is strongly recommended that you take frequent regular breaks. Where possible, try to replicate the good practices carried out when working in the College.
Electrical equipment – when using issued equipment from home ensure that it has been electrically tested within the recommended period. Before use, visually inspect the equipment. This will assist in reducing the risk of electrical shock and fires.
Daily Routine - routine is an important part of our lives. When that routine is broken (for any reason), it can confuse your internal clock, motivation and engagement. Remember that your job has not changed – you are just doing it in a different place. Making sure you keep this as your central focus will help greatly as you start to embark on your day.
Health and Safety – if any staff working from home have any issues or questions regarding health and safety, please contact their Line Manager.
The College has also issued an update regarding Staff FAQs. We will continue to support and communicate with all staff throughout this period. All staff should continue to read their emails and check this page for updates on COVID-19.