Coronavirus: Information for employees

Chalmers has adjusted for all operations to continue, but with the majority of work carried out remotely. Employees are recommended to work from home to the extent that is possible, in dialogue with your respective manager.  

This information is intended for all employees at Chalmers

26 March 15:00

Working at home is the primary recommendation 

NEW. Since 17 March, employees have been recommended to work from home, to the extent that their duties allow, in dialogue with their direct manager. Chalmers’ crisis management group, after agreement with the President and the University Management Group, have now decided to extend this recommendation until 3 May. Planning and coordination of the work will be led as normal by managers. 

Avoiding spreading infection – our joint responsibility

To avoid becoming infected and infecting others:
  • Stay home if you are sick or have symptoms of respiratory infection.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before mealtimes, handling food and after using the toilet. Hand sanitiser can be an alternative.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or into a paper tissue. 
  • Keep yourself updated via and the Public Health Agency’s website

Campus is not closed – but only open for employees and students

Chalmers has not closed its campuses. The doors to facilities on campus are locked, but available for students and employees, and others with pass-cards, for now, until other information is received.

Classrooms and auditoriums will also be kept locked to reduce the risk of damage and the need for cleaning. Group rooms and computer rooms remain open to give students access to the necessary resources. The reception in CA-huset is unmanned from March 23, but all employees can enter with a pass-card and code 06:00-20:00. The mail is picked up/left only once a day.

Chalmers have closed its three libraries (the main library, Kuggen, and the architectural library) from Wednesday 18 March, and will offer instead online library service and phone support. The libraries’ electronic information resources and support channels are not affected by the closures. 

Busi​ness travel

Chalmers will not permit any international business travel, and only operationally critical travel within Sweden. What is operationally critical will be decided by the Heads of Department. The restrictions currently apply until 31 May.

Employees are advised to follow the Ministry of Foreign Affair’s travel advice for private journeys. 

Conferences, meetings and visits

All physical conferences, meetings and visits with external participants, arranged by Chalmers, should be carried out digitally, or cancelled entirely, until 31 May. 

Employees are recommended to carry out internal meetings digitally as much as possible, until 31 May. 

Work from home if you return from abroad​​ ​

If you have been abroad, you should work from home for 14 days, even if you feel well and don’t show any symptoms. You should also contact your manager for joint planning ahead.

Stay home in case of sickness​

If you as an employee have influenza-like symptoms, fever or respiratory problems, but intend to continue working – do so from home. Employees should have dialogue with their manager. Stay home for two days after you are completely symptomless. 

If you have influenza-like symptoms, fever or respiratory problems, you should follow the healthcare authority’s recommendations: 1177 for Västra Götaland​

Help for staff abroad

  • Employees who are travelling abroad for work, are asked to return to Sweden, and then work from home for 14 days. Talk to your manager for work-planning.
  • Employees who are abroad and need help primarily receive this help via the emergency number of the travel insurance: IF Skadeförsäkring via +46 77-181 58 18

Assistance for staff with normal residence abroad​

Staff who need advice on any return trip should contact their country's embassy in Sweden.

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Published: Thu 26 Mar 2020.