COVID FATIGUE RESOURCES

Resources addressing major themes we heard from Medical School faculty, staff, trainees and students during listening sessions are addressed on this page, grounded in diversity, equity and inclusion. COVID Fatigue Executive Summary.

RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPLEMENT FOR OURSELVES & WITHIN TEAMS:

  • Team leaders
    • Ask what flexibility is needed.
    • Focus expectations on core missions; delay non-essential new initiatives.
    • Ensure faculty/staff utilize time away.
    • Empower teams to implement ‘no meeting’ days or zones or ‘no zoom’ days if helpful.
  • Adjust schedules and expectations for caregiving obligations.
  • Meeting maximums: 20 or 45 min; leave time for breaks.
  • Consciously plan time for emails and response time.
  • Take meeting notes and share afterward; use alternative methods to make decisions. Stay inclusive.

University Resources

Information for Working Parents

- Leaves that support parents.
- Additional resources for mental health, financial counseling, wellbeing.

Faculty and Staff with Family Responsibilities

- Childcare resources, including mid-year flex spending accounts; identifying available caregivers; and hiring in-home care. 
- Faculty and staff have access to the emergency paid leave program and the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act leave program. 
- Faculty and P&A employees have access to the discretionary unpaid leave option.

Pandemic Caregiver Tips

HIRING IN-HOME CARE

Faculty and instructors can post in-household caregiver positions to University students and alumni through GoldPASS powered by Handshake.

Instructions:
When you sign up on GoldPASS you will be asked to enter a website. You can use anything tied to your identity like your UMN staff page, a LinkedIn or Facebook profile, family website, etc. Then, make sure to use "Private Household: [your last name] Family" in the “Company” field when signing up as an employer. When you post the positions be sure to include as much information as possible.

UMP Resources

Additional resources exist for clinical faculty members through the University of Minnesota Physicians organization. Review the resources on the RESOURCE Intranet site. Email med-web@umn.edu if you have trouble logging in.

MN Resilience Program

The MN Resilience Program is a program developed here to address the effects of the COVID pandemic. We are all having different reactions, and there are strategies we can use to increase our resilience.

Other Recommendations

Our goal is to acknowledge the additional burden of caregiving and offer resources to support the home-life needs of our community members. We are also committed to updating our workplace culture to account for the changing nature of how, where, and when work gets done; redefining expectations of productivity, prioritizing the wellbeing of our faculty, staff, trainees, and students; and focusing on the absolute essentials of our mission right now (clinical care, research, and education).

While we are not making specific recommendations for vendors and companies to order from, we do recommend that you consider taking advantage of services to help manage your time including grocery delivery, meal delivery, lawn/snow services and other services in your community.

This page’s resources, as well as system-wide efforts to address COVID fatigue, were developed by U of M and M Physicians Human Resources, Finance, Communications and Information Technology teams, the Minnesota Resilience Action Plan (MinnRAP), and Dr. Katherine (Katie) Lingras, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences.