WHAT DOES THE BC RESTART PLAN MEAN FOR REMOTE WORK AT PROVIDENCE?
Last week’s announcement of BC’s Restart Plan includes guidance for a gradual return to workplaces and offices. For those Providence staff who are working remotely, there is no change to our position on remote working arrangements as outlined in the Working Remotely Policy introduced in March for all Providence staff. Click here to read more in: New Policy Supports Remote Work for Providence Staff.
If you are working remotely and would like to continue to do so, please remember to complete a Working Remotely Agreement. This agreement must be approved by your leader/manager and outlines your working remotely schedule, remote work location, check-in procedure, if required, and the PHC terms and conditions for working remotely.
For more information on the Working Remotely Agreement and more please see PHC’s Working Remotely Toolkit including the Implementation Guide to PHC's Working Remotely Policy, the Terms & Conditions for Working Remotely and the Frequently Asked Questions.
We also acknowledge that some staff are eager to return to the office and see the familiar faces they have missed these past 15 months of remote work and social isolation. Please speak with your leader/manager if you want to return to the office. We also remind staff to continue to follow safety measures including completing your COVID-19 self-screening before coming in to work and sign-in procedure on site, continued adherence to mask policies, maintaining physical distancing and continuing to do personal risk assessments in different interactions and environments. Lastly, always stay home if you are even slightly ill.
As we transition through the four steps of BC’s Restart based on guidance from public health and the latest available data, we will update staff with direction on holding small in-person meetings, seminars and bigger meetings.