LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 20, 2020) — As University of Kentucky employees join workers around the world right now in responding to COVID-19, many people are transitioning to working remotely temporarily. Because of that, UK Human Resources is sharing advice with employees and supervisors to work through that transition.
In many situations, employees can do their regular work from home with the necessary technology and communications. Determine what those are and how employees can access tech support. If it’s not that simple for some employees, supervisors are asked to think creatively about the work that needs to get done. If employees cannot perform their regular duties, they could help with other projects that have been on the back burner or be trained to execute other duties for the time being.
It is helpful for employees to stay in contact with their supervisors and co-workers if possible. Maintain team meetings when possible and create a standard mode of communication for the team.
Employee well-being is always important — now more than ever with both the stress of the COVID-19 outbreak and the workplace disruption. UKHR recommends promoting a positive attitude toward the working situation and suggests accessing the state's COVID-19 website for tips on reducing anxiety.
Everyone is encouraged to care for their own well-being. Employees can use phone calls and video chats to increase interpersonal interaction, and they should unplug when their work is done and focus on their self and family care.
UK Work+Life Connections counselors are also available for free, confidential appointments by phone or Zoom.
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