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LinkedIn Learning Going Live From 9th November

LinkedIn Learning features a digital library of over 6,000 courses covering a wide range of technical, business, software and creative topics as well as wellbeing education and personal interest. We are excited to announce that we Go Live with LinkedIn Learning through the week of 9th November 2020*.

Getting started
During ‘Go Live’ week, you will receive an activation email via LinkedIn Learning. Don’t delete it! You must activate your LinkedIn Learning account using this activation email. You’ll have the option to connect through your personal LinkedIn profile (recommended!) or activate your account using your Canterbury staff email address.

Instructions for both approaches will be available via the Learning and Development Intranet.

Once you’re in, browse around! Take a course, learn  something new and APPLY it in your day-to-day! Then share your learnings and recommended courses with your colleagues.

*Access is granted to those in continuing and long term fixed term.

The new Working from Home Guidelines

Working from home during lockdown raised many questions and a lot of feedback.

In response, the People and Culture team have created Working from Home Guidelines to support staff and mangers with information and guidance in relation to working from home.

The Working from Home Guidelines are in support of our existing flexible working from home policy.

The University’s Flexible Employment Policy offers a framework for considering flexible working arrangements that support a balance between work and personal life.

Go to the HR toolkit for more information and resources about Flexible Working Arrangements at UC. 

Self-Care reminder while Working from Home

With majority of us working from home, it is important that we remember to take some time out to care for ourselves. Practicing good self-care will help to boost our mental health and wellbeing and make us feel more energised.

If you’re feeling burnt out or simply just need a break why not give some of these tips a try:

  • Unplug and log off social media.
  • Find a comfortable study or work space away from distractions.
  • Set aside 30 minutes to be active – Check out UC Rec Centre’s facebook page for some great workouts!
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day.
  • Make a 20 minutes playlist of essential tunes.
  • Reach out to friends or colleagues when you need a break.

Staff Pulse Survey

We’ve had an exceptionally pleasing response to our first wave of Staff Pulse Surveying of 1185 responses.

The data pulled shows that 79% of staff feel supported by UC and trust the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) to make sound decisions. 70% of staff report as having a good level of Wellbeing. We note that only 39% of staff are feeling secure in their jobs and qualitative data suggests this is linked to the recent SLT portfolio changes as well as uncertainty of the current Covid-19 situation. Analysis of qualitative data shows staff are reporting that they would like more visibility of financial impacts and future planning that is taking place.

76% of staff have found the communications useful and feel informed of ongoing status changes. Qualitative data suggests that the quantity and quality of communications has improved and streamlined as we have journeyed from our initial response to now.

The working environment shows 70% of staff are feeling productive, so around 30% of staff are struggling with productivity and this is mainly related to having access to appropriate resources and struggling with family care arrangements. Qualitative data suggests some staff are worried about equity in processes like sabbatical, PBRF and promotions where productivity has been impacted.

The results of the survey were released to the SLT on Wednesday afternoon. The SLT are now in a position to collectively analyse the data and implement some strategies to address concerns. The data will also allow each SLT member to analyse the responses for their localised area and work to address issues of concern that are relevant for them.

Analysis on the qualitative data continues and will continue to be shared as more key themes emerge. The data gathered to date has provided a wealth of knowledge that helps support all staff, including ways for you to access important equipment on campus. Please be assured of you anonymity and that the SLT are listening and will act on concerns raised. With that in mind we strongly encourage you to continue to participate.

This survey is being released fortnightly to allow for tracking and comparisons over time. We now invite you to participate in the second survey here>

Self-Care Reminder

Now that term 2 has begun, with majority of staff and students working/studying at home it is important to remember to continue to practice good self-care. Practicing good self-care is key to maintaining a healthy Wellbeing and living a well-balanced life.

Why practice self-care?

  • Better productivity
  • Enhanced self esteem
  • Increased self-knowledge
  • Improved physical health
  • Increased resistance to disease
  • Healthier lifestyle
  • Increased positivity

How do I practice good self-care?

Check out this clip for a Work from Home Survival Guide for Self-Care