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Queen’s launches new Employee Disconnecting from Work Policy

New policy encourages and supports employee health and wellbeing.

In an effort to support the health and wellbeing of employees, Queen’s Senior Leadership Team has approved a new Employee Disconnecting from Work Policy. The new policy, which took effect June 2, 2022, in compliance with requirements set out by the province, encourages employees to disconnect from work outside of work hours to support a work-life balance.

The university aims to foster a workplace culture that promotes and values disconnecting from work. This includes taking steps to ensure employees are made aware what their expected work hours are, and informing them of circumstances, if any, in which they will be expected to engage in work-related communications outside of their work hours. Employees that have any concerns or issues they feel are impacting their ability to disconnect from work are encouraged to report them to their Employment Supervisor.

Employees may have different work hours and operational needs may vary across the university. Employment Supervisors are asked to lead by example by following best practices, helping to establish work priorities, and establishing boundaries on workload expectations.

All employees are encouraged to review and familiarize themselves with the Employee Disconnecting from Work Policy.