It can take some time to get connected and get used to the media you are using. Make sure you plan in the time to do this and set expectations as it can feel daunting, but you will get there!
Extending your online and software skills
There is some great advice on our Edinburgh Napier intranet pages for using different tools. Microsoft Teams, Zoom and WebEx are amongst the most common. Click here to access Home Working guide from IS.
Google can lead you to online links for specific user manuals or if you prefer "how to use" videos.
If you are a LinkedIn member there are free virtual courses you can work through to develop your skills on Microsoft Team, WebEx, Zoom etc. You can access them here (you need to have a LinkedIn account). They also offer various courses on remote working, time management etc.
We have a number of short, virtual courses that you can connect to including SharePoint, Excel etc. Please contact the Learning and Development Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Working from home
Your health and wellbeing is important for us and therefore you should try and ensure your working from home arrangements are as comfortable and practical for you as possible. Remember to try and take short regular breaks and keep your body moving.
You can get more advice on how to set up your workstation from our Health and Safety Team pages.
There is also guidance available on the Health and Safety Executive website (external):
Working with Display Screen Equipment
Protect Home Workers
Employee Health and Wellbeing
Edinburgh Napier has a range of resources available to all employees looking for support and help.
Workplace Options - Staff Support and Counselling
Workplace Options is the University's Employee Assistance Programme provider and they offer a free, confidential and independant resource to help employees balance their work, family and personal lives.
Big White Wall
Edinburgh Napier staff and students going through a tough time or struggling with mental health and wellbeing issues can get free online support with Big White Wall. It provides 24/7 peer-to-peer and professional support, plus a range of courses and tools to help people self-manage their wellbeing. This service is safe, anonymous and free.
We are offering free online live mindfulness sessions where you can engage, feel nourished and energised. The session consist of a 35-40 mins mindfulness practice followed by some reflections and discussion.
Each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 12pm-1pm.
Click here to join the meeting via Zoom. Meeting ID: 140 498 561. Password MINDFULENU.
LinkedIn (registration needed)
LinkedIn offers free online training on positive change, managing stress and building resilience.
Managing homeworking and virtual teams
Managers are invited to join us for a small group or 1-1 virtual session on things to think about to keep staff feeling connected, supported and productive when working from home. It covers:
- productive homeworking set up
- planning changes to team work roles and priorities
- using a coaching approach to set expectations
- talk about personal circumstances that need to be accommodated.
These short 30 minutes sessions are to help managers think about the priorities for settling their teams into home working and how to structure working from home for team members.
To register your interest, please email email@example.com
After the training, if you would like a 1-1 follow up coaching session you can book this with an L&D consultant too. These coaching sessions are focused on reflective conversations to help you chart a course forward in a very practical way during these uncertain times.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
You can also try these links for more information on homeworking
Personal Tips for Working from Home (internal)
10 top tips for managing remote teams (external)
Supporting development and work priorities
You can still continue your learning and development while working at home. Why not try these free accredited and university based courses from around the globe – make some new virtual classmates!
Click here to access Future Learn
There will also be coaching sessions and online events for senior leaders keeping up with their Inspiring Leadership course. In the meantime, feel free to have a look at the online courses below available with Future Learn:
Don't forget we are offering online training provision: Click here to access the Online Staff Training Events.
Online My Contribution sessions will be offered at the end of April and beginning of May. These sessions will help you use My Contribution to set new objectives (or priorities) to better suit the current working environment and focus on any new skills you will need to develop over the next few months or year.
For any query or further information, please contact email@example.com