Faculty Wellness

Welcome to the DFCM Faculty Wellness page. Dr. Navsheer Gill is our new Wellness lead, supported by the W&R sub-committee. DFCM faculty and student well-being is of paramount importance. As we strive to build wellness into our department, there are lots of resources available to both faculty and students to help support well-being. In order to better support faculty and students well-being, please take a look at some of the offerings available. 

For more information on program offerings or questions, please contact Madie Morassutti at dfcm.wellness@utoronto.ca.

Resources for Faculty

Other Resources

More COVID-19 wellness resources can be found on our COVID-19 Updates and Resources for Faculty, Staff and Residents page.


Watch Dr. Robert Maunder and Dr. Jon Hunter’s 7-minute video, “Three steps to coping with anything (including COVID-19)”

Workload and Wellbeing


  • Consider booking meetings for 20 minutes instead of half an hour and 45 minutes rather than a full hour to allow for people to stretch or transition between meetings.
  • When booking a meeting, consider if a meeting is required or if there are other ways of sharing the information or getting input.
  • Invite only the individuals who are required to meetings.
  • Check calendars before booking meetings, and don’t book over blocked time without first consulting.
  • Wherever possible, provide a meeting agenda with time designated for each topic and end on time.
  • Consider phone calls for one-on-one meetings rather than video calls so people are freer to move and be away from their computer screen.
  • At the beginning of each meeting, establish that it is fine to participate with cameras off, or to stay on mute. Let your colleagues with children know that they don’t need to apologize for any background noise and allow them to participate as best they can.
  • Consider introducing walking meetings, where you and your team can step outside and get exercise during a call.
  • Where possible, reserve one afternoon a week free of meetings for focused and uninterrupted work.

Email Communications

  • Keep emails succinct and clear
  • Use the c.c. line thoughtfully
  • Delay email delivery when possible – while some individuals need to work outside of regular business hours, non-urgent email correspondence can be sent using the delayed delivery function available through Outlook. This reduces the pressure to respond after hours or on weekends.

Prioritization and Workload

  • Consider ways to lighten workloads, including rethinking due dates where possible.
  • Prioritize your team’s work. Try to gain clarity from colleagues or supervisors about what work is urgent and what can be deferred. Treating every task as critical can lead to overwork and feelings of being overwhelmed.
  • Determine team capacity and bandwidth before beginning a new project proposal.

Calendars and Scheduling

  • If possible, try to avoid scheduling meetings between 8:30 am – 9am and 11:30 am – 1:30 pm; this will provide time away from desks for all and especially those who are parents of school-age children. These times are often needed to get children online for classes or provide lunch for elementary school children.
  • Schedule blocks of time in your calendar for uninterrupted time to focus on work.
  • Block a lunch break in your calendar and block any time needed for family obligations.
  • Respect time that has been blocked off by your colleagues and co-workers.
  • Determine core meeting hours for your unit and try to adhere to them, except for urgent time-sensitive issues.

Building a Supportive Culture

  • Keep the lines of communication open with your colleagues.
  • Familiarize yourself with the supports available, such as the Employee and Family Assistance Plan (EFAP) for confidential counselling an other wellness services you can find on the HR & Equity website.
  • Take vacation time, even if you don’t go anywhere. It is important to have time to rejuvenate. Encourage your team to do the same.
  • Set up regular check ins – determine the best methods to connect with your team.
  • Be flexible and willing to modify past practices to work more effectively in a virtual environment.
  • Be flexible and open to discussing temporary alternative working arrangements when possible. Varying obligations may create challenges for some – encourage flexibility and creativity wherever possible.
  • Have open conversations to create a more inclusive and collaborative work environment.
  • Find ways for your team to have some informal, online fun/social time together.