This is the first issue of our newsletter "Work" in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.
You are receiving the first issue of our newsletter "Work" in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. As of today, in order to respond more specifically to the information needs of the various members of the UNIL community, we will regularly send targeted information, through three separate newsletters:
The content of all the newsletters will also be published on the Coronavirus website, whose navigation is organized according to the same three keywords.
Message from the Rector to all staff members
"Here are a few words for you. Some of you are currently over-solicited. It's a matter of reorganizing everything, in a very short time, for remote working. You have to revert to online teaching and "virtual" meetings, but above all, you have to review processes, and more often than not, you have to reinvent them!
And maybe you have children at home? Ah, but children, they're not used to having Mom or Dad at home all day, and they love it! Despite strict rules not to disturb working parents, they are good at finding excuses. They open the forbidden door, brothers and sisters fight, in short, they need someone to take care of them. How do you reconcile all that?
We have to accept that we may not be able to do everything. Let's be indulgent with ourselves, and let's be indulgent with others! Let's accept that things may take longer than we're used to... Let's accept that our performance and that of others may not live up to what is expected under normal circumstances. It's a matter of not exhausting ourselves, of finding a rhythm for the many difficult weeks we still have ahead of us. I don't have a magic formula, but what I do know is that no one is bound to do the impossible!
For others it may be in some ways, even worse. Your work cannot be done from afar and yet you must stay at home. You'd like to contribute, you'd like to do something, but you just can't. You can't do it. You are told to work from home, but how? What do you do at home when you're, for example, a lab technician and you don't have pipettes, test tubes or incubators? How do you avoid feeling useless?
Well, two things. The first: if at the moment you simply cannot help UNIL because the only way to do so would be to go to your workplace, know that you are a resource! Sooner or later you will be able to contribute, perhaps in a different task from what you usually do. And secondly, the most important contribution we can all make right now is to stay at home! By doing so, you are contributing in the most effective way possible to the fight against the pandemic. No one is useless! We are all useful by staying home.
Thank you to each and every one of you. When I see how the academic community is responding to this unprecedented crisis, I say to myself once again: "You're all great!"
Covid 19: Solidarity means not getting infected to avoid infecting others.
Take care of yourself and be well!"
Prof. Nouria Hernandez
Watch the Rector's video for students (in French).
Infrastructure and access to the campus
Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) will be published later today on https://www.unil.ch/coronavirus/work. This list will be enriched over time.