Learning path for managers and supervisors of students working in a virtual environment during COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has required you to adapt your management approach and supervision strategies. The situation is changing rapidly and most of the work is being done virtually.

The students on your teams are valuable strategic allies in the Government of Canada's fight against COVID-19 and as we organize our economic recovery efforts.

The Canada School of Public Service has online courses, events and other resources to support you in managing students in the coming weeks. These learning opportunities cover the essential topics of welcoming, integrating and supervising students in a virtual work environment. They are designed for both new and experienced public service managers and supervisors.

Management of virtual teams

Building a strong team is challenging enough when all of your team members work in the same place. The task can be even more complex in the case of a virtual team.

The following learning opportunities will help you identify best practices in remote management and teach you how to build and work with effective teams.

COVID-19 and mental health in the workplace

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis is having a profound effect on Canadians across the country, including federal public servants. As a manager or supervisor, it is essential that you make sure your employees are feeling well.

Listed below are a series of job aids on mental health. They were designed to assist managers in properly managing psychosocial risk in the workplace and creating a psychologically healthy work environment. The job aids cover each of the 13 psychosocial risk factors defined by the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.

Mental Health Job Aids for Managers: Psychosocial Factors

Communication and collaboration

A high-performing team, whether virtual or not, is characterized by good communication, effective collaboration and a high level of trust, even when all team members work remotely and have never met in person.

This learning opportunity addresses these important aspects of managing your team.

Onboarding of new employees

Managers are key to the success of employee integration programs. A successful integration program not only improves staff acclimatization and productivity, it also significantly reduces turnover, as new employees are motivated and feel they have an important contribution to make.

This online course provides information on your unique role and highlights the benefits to you of successfully integrating new hires.

Job aids for virtual teams

This series of job aids will help you in the day-to-day management of your virtual team. A variety of products are available, including quick reference tools, checklists, decision trees and worksheets.

Available soon

The School continues to create learning opportunities and tools to support you during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check the Learning catalogue from time to time to stay up to date on these new products.


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