Family Days: Memo


Published: 10Jan2018


Dear colleagues,

It is our pleasure to announce that Human Resources and My Workplace have launched a Family Days pilot project, whereby employees in the M and Excluded category may use up to three of their nine paid sick days to care for sick children, spouses, parents, grandparents or siblings, even when the employees themselves are not ill. The intent is to provide more flexibility to help you meet your family obligations – a great many of us have loved ones to care for, and we believe that this initiative will help you do this more easily.

Participation in the Family Days pilot project was offered to all employee groups with members who have access to paid sick days. So far, unions have declined to include their members in this pilot project, though McGill remains open to including them should this change. In the meantime, Family Days will remain available to M and Excluded staff from January 1, 2018 through May 31, 2019, at which time the success of the pilot will be reviewed. For more information, please consult the Family Days FAQ.

We would like to express our thanks to the My Workplace and Human Resources teams for bringing this initiative to fruition.

My Workplace and Next Steps

The Family Days idea was adapted from an employee submission to the Great Ideas Pipeline, a My Workplace innovation that invites all staff to propose ideas for making McGill a better place to work or study. If you would like to pitch a great idea of your own, we invite you to take advantage of this tool as well.

My Workplace is gearing up for a new phase, with new exciting initiatives to come. In the meantime, we remind you that My Workplace has already helped launch new staff tuition discounts, a successful staff mentoring pilot project, an inventory of tools for resolving workplace conflicts, learning circles focused on building supervisory skills, and much more. We are excited to see what new successes lie ahead in 2018 and beyond.

Best regards,


Yves Beauchamp                                                                  Diana Dutton

Vice-Principal, Administration and Finance                   Interim Associate Vice-Principal, Human Resources


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