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TMU Recharge

Toronto Metropolitan University acknowledges the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our employees and our leaders. TMU Recharge was launched in June 2020 and stressed that it is critical that we each take care of ourselves and our loved ones. This must continue to be our first priority.

Summer 2022 TMU Recharge initiatives

University-wide closure on Monday, July 4

The university will close for a mental health day on Monday, July 4, extending the long weekend to four days. Classes that are booked for July 4 will continue. Staff who are required to be on campus on July 4 should work with their leader to choose another day off based on operational requirements.

Additional TMU Recharge day

An additional TMU Recharge day is available for all employees who report vacation and other absences through eHR. This can be used any day of your choosing before December 23, 2022. To use this day, follow the standard process to submit vacation time in eHR and select “TMU Recharge” as the absence name.

University-wide summer hours

For July and August, the university will close at 3 p.m. on Fridays. Employees should be able to sign off work at 3 p.m. wherever possible. Leaders and employees should work together to find ways to adjust varying work schedules accordingly.

Please note this does not apply to teaching activities if classes or exams are scheduled after this time.

Meeting-free-Fridays for the summer

Meeting-free-Fridays for July and August will allow for focused time to accomplish tasks, move projects forward, end your week well and to help address online meeting fatigue. Of course some urgent meetings will still need to take place on Fridays, but these should be the exception, not the expectation.

Continue to work together to implement work norms that support wellbeing

These initiatives support the work norms that were introduced at the launch of the Recharge initiative:

  • No evening or weekend emails unless urgent
  • Meetings conclude by 6 p.m. at the latest
  • Book meetings in 50 or 20 minute increments
  • Consider using the Gmail “scheduled send” function when sending emails outside of work hours

While we know these norms are not a one-size fits all, we strongly encourage departments to work together to determine how to implement them, and to consider additional department or unit-specific practices to support wellbeing and balance. Leaders are encouraged to find ways to implement as many of the norms as possible on a regular and ongoing basis.