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Working From Home

Many of RRC Polytech’s academic and non-academic operations can be performed remotely and online, and the need to work from home may change depending on our current Operational Response Level, which follows the directives of Manitoba Public Health. Please contact your manager to discuss how our Operational Response Levels impact you, and what we can do to support you in the event that you are required to work from home.

Please visit our Guidelines for Working from Home and the Library’s Working from Home guide, for helpful tools and information.

Laptops to Work From Home

If you do not already have a College-issued laptop, please review with your supervisor/manager and provide details on why you require a laptop to work from home. Ask that your supervisor submit the request along with details to safety@rrc.ca. Your request will be assessed based on a business continuity and work needs assessment perspective.

If you have a personal computer at home, you are able to login to your RRC Polytech email by accessing HUB and scrolling to Staff Email on the left-hand sidebar.

IT-related Questions

RRC Polytech’s Information Technology Solutions (ITS) has established its own FAQ about IT needs (i.e. forwarding your desk phone to your cell, checking work voicemail from home, VPN services, etc.).

Ergonomics

While working from home, it’s important to maintain proper ergonomic supports to stay comfortable and avoid back and neck pain. Learn more ›

Library Services

The Library’s online services are still up and running. If you need assistance locating library materials, help with electronic collections and applications, addressing copyright concerns, or other library-related inquiries, help is being offered through chat and email during regular Library hours. In addition, library staff​ are monitoring their personal emails and are available to meet virtually at your request. As always, the Library’s digital collections (e-books, e-journals, streaming videos) continue to be available 24/7 through OneSearch.

Using Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is available to all College staff who have an active username@rrc.ca email account. You can access Microsoft Teams through HUB (in the Launchpad widget, under Applications, click Office 365). You will see Teams listed with your other Office 365 apps. You also can install the Teams app on your computer or mobile device by visiting the Microsoft Teams – Downloads website.

Teams is the chat-based workspace in Office 365 that makes it easy to have conversations, host meetings, share files and collaborate on documents, and get work done with teams across the College. You can tailor your workspace to include the content and capabilities your team needs every day.

To get a Team created—simply complete the Microsoft Teams Request – Maestro process (Team requests require approval from a supervisor before ITS staff creates the team on your behalf).

For Teams training, tips, and tricks, please see the Microsoft and LinkedIn Learning links on the Microsoft Teams Basic User FAQ webpage.

For more information, or to get started using Teams, please see the following webpages:

Claiming Home Office Expenses

What’s the process for claiming a deduction for home office expenses?

The Government of Canada recently updated their process for claiming a deduction for home office expenses for employees working from home because of COVID-19.

There are two different methods you can use to claim your home office expenses:

  1. New temporary flat rate method
    Complete form T777S, Statement of Employment Expenses for Working at Home Due to COVID-19
  2. Simplified process for using the detailed method
    Work with your manager to complete form T2200S, Declaration of Conditions of Employment for Working at Home during COVID-19.
    Answer “no” to question three on the T2200S as the amount will not be included on your T4 slip.
    Please note that any eligible home office expenses cannot be claimed if you were reimbursed for the expenses by Red River College Polytechnic.
    Complete form T777S, Statement of Employment Expenses for Working at Home Due to COVID-19.

Learn more about the methods for claiming a deduction for home office expenses and eligibility requirements.

How do I determine which method to use to claim home office expenses?

The Canada Revenue Agency website has an online calculator that can help you determine which method you should use to claim your home office expenses.

Please note the College is unable to provide any recommendations or advice regarding an individual’s income tax situation. If you have further questions about which method you should use, please speak with your accountant or CRA directly.