Coronavirus

3. Guidance for staff

Can I work remotely?

We now strongly encourage staff to work remotely; staff should not come onto our campuses unless they are part of essential services. These staff will be contacted by their line managers. 

It is important that any of you who are likely to be more vulnerable to the virus, live with someone is likely to be more vulnerable or have any coronavirus symptoms/are currently sharing a house with people who have symptoms should work from home immediately.

Please speak to your line manager about remote working and you can find more information on working at home here.

Further advice and guidance from the government can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus​​​​​​​

Where can I get more information on temporarily working from home?

You can find out more on working from home on the new HR pages here

You can also find further guidance on working from home here on Connected

There are also remote working broadband tips here.

What should I do if I think I have the virus?

You can find the latest information and guidance on coronavirus from Public Health England at NHS.UK/coronavirus

If you are advised or otherwise take the decision to self-isolate, please contact staffhealth@qmul.ac.uk. Staff self-isolating are also requested to state whether they been on campus in the last 7 days and if so, to please let us know where they were located/working.

Please also log sickness on MyHR. HR has added two new sickness categories to MyHR within the ‘Respiratory’ sickness reason, one for ‘Covid-19 confirmed’ and one for ‘Covid-19 unconfirmed displaying symptoms’.

I’m a researcher, where can I get further information on continuing research activities?

Guidance and information on the implications of coronavirus for researchers at Barts Health and Queen Mary can be found on the Joint Research Management Office pages.

Is there workstation (DSE) guidance for staff temporarily working from home?

The Health and Safety Executive are advising that there is no increased risk from DSE work for those working at home temporarily during this period. You are therefore not required to complete a home workstation (DSE) assessment at this time.

Below are some top tips for using a laptop or tablet when working from home:-

In order to achieve a good working posture you should:

  • Sit at a table rather than on the sofa or in bed
  •  Raise the laptop screen to eye level, using a laptop raiser if required
  • Attach a separate keyboard and mouse where possible
  • Adopt a good sitting position in order to avoid straining wrists, arms, neck or back
  • Sit directly in front of your screen (i.e. avoid twisting positions)
  • Avoid glare and reflected light

Full guidance workstation (DSE) guidance for staff temporarily working from home can be found here.

How can I find out more on supporting my local community?

Find details on how you can support the local community here on the website

Who can I contact if I have other staff-related questions that are not covered here?

Please contact staffhealth@qmul.ac.uk if you have any additional queries.