The FlexGC Network: here to help with remote work

We’re excited to announce the launch of the FlexGC Network!

We are a grassroots collective working across the Government of Canada that has come together with the aim of supporting the many public servants who have been directed to work from home as part of the public health response to COVID-19.

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This is hard. We can help.

In 2017, just 7.8% of respondents to the Public Service Employee Survey indicated they were teleworking. Now, quite suddenly, every public servant who can is teleworking. We recognize that the transition to remote work has been sudden, and is occurring in what is already a time of deep anxiety & uncertainty.

Our goal is to use a human-centered approach to helping our colleagues across the Government of Canada to identify and adapt to the tools, practices and mindsets needed to have success working from wherever they may be. Success at work right now might look different compared to business-as-usual, but we hope to help make your remote work easier by providing credible, helpful and clear resources; developing and leading workshops, webinars and Ask Me Anything conversations; and by offering 1:1 and 1:team coaching.

Our membership is comprised of federal public servants — many of them experienced remote workers — from all levels and backgrounds. Together we bring combined experience in:

  • communications, engagement, & storytelling;
  • digital government;
  • healthy team practices;
  • establishing processes & guidelines;
  • psychological safety & workplace wellness;
  • meditation;
  • facilitation & virtual engagement tools; and
  • learning.

Reach out today.

Do you or your team need help? Do you have help to offer? Are you interested in hearing about our resources? You can find us on the following platforms:

  • Follow us on Medium @flexgc.canada
  • Follow us on Twitter @FlexGCinfo, and follow #FlexGC on Twitter to join the conversation, share your favourite tips or resources, or ask questions
  • Stay up to date on remote work & distributed team resources using the FlexGC Learns Trello Board.
  • Join the FlexGC GCcollab group.
  • Join us for open videoconference chats (to be announced on Medium, Twitter and elsewhere)
  • Send us an email (flexgc.canada@gmail.com) if you have specific questions you’d like answered or topics you’d like to see covered, or if you want to schedule a 1:1 or 1:team connection with a FlexGC Network member.

We would love for you to help get the word out! We’re only as effective as the number of people we can help so tell your public service friends, colleagues, and management about the FlexGC Network.

Shaping Culture. Changing the workplace.

The FlexGC Network has partnered with the FlexGC Initiative at Canada School of the Public Service (CSPS). The Network will use FlexGC name and brand. The FlexGC Initiative will work with the Network to build and test prototypes to support the adoption of flexible and remote work across the entire GC ecosystem over the long-term. Successful interventions will eventually be monetized via a cost-recovery model at the CSPS.

We aim to help Canada’s public servants in the sudden transition to remote work in what is already a time of deep anxiety & uncertainty.

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