Work and well-being

Whether you are working from home with all its challenges or you are working on campus, the work situation has changed for all of us. Finding a good work-life balance can be a challenge, especially for colleagues who have to combine work with the care and education of their children. That is asking a lot from them, but things can also be difficult for colleagues who are alone and have few social contacts, or whose work has come to a standstill. All this comes on top of worrying about your health or that of your loved ones.

It is therefore perfectly understandable if you feel like things are getting on top of you. If the corona crisis is affecting your health or your work, you can ask for support in various ways. Also have a look at the tips for working form home. There you will find information that can help you to work more pleasantly at home, for example by setting up your digital and physical workplace as well as possible.

Discuss it with colleagues

It's important to express your feelings when things are getting too much for you. Discuss this with colleagues you have a good rapport with, and report it to your manager. Together with them you can discuss what can be done to reduce your workload, for example.

University social worker

You can also contact social worker Marinka Versteeg for help and advice. See here what she can do for you, or get in touch via +31 (0)6 51 27 29 33 or a.l.m.versteeg@tudelft.nl. Talking to the social worker is confidential.

Workload and vitality coach for teaching and educational support staff

Are you struggling with your current workload and the transition to online teaching and working? Are you wondering how to stay afloat? Talking about this can help. HR and the Health Coach Programme (HCP) are offering individual coaching specifically for teaching staff.

Choose your own coach and discuss your wishes and challenges in 1-3 Skype coaching sessions. All topics can be discussed, in particular work pressure, resilience and health. Check here for more information about the coaches and to sign up.

PhD Survival Guide

Phd candidates share tips & tricks to stay up-to-date, healthy and on track in times of corona in this survival guide. You can find it here. Anyone can add tips, initiatives and upcoming events, update or remove outdated links, etc.

Studium Generale and X

Studium Generale and X have adapted their offerings. On Mondays and Fridays Studium Generale focuses on Mental Health & Wellbeing, e.g. by offering free Yoga & Meditation sessions. These can be found every Monday and Friday at 12.30 pm on this Instagram account. Or check out their “Corona care package.”

X organizes various online activities for sports and relaxation. An overview can be found on their website, or take a look here.

E-learning: online training

You can apply for a license for e-learning platform Studytube, where you can follow various courses that may help you in this time of crisis: e.g. “Timemanagement: working smarter” or “Less stress through resilience”. More information about Studytube or how to obtain a license can be found here.


Tips for working from home

In light of the preventative measures, many colleagues are now working from home. These tips can help you on your way.

Access to mail, files and systems

All information about mail, files and systems can be found in the document ‘Working from home at TU Delft’ which you can find under Downloads.

It is important that everyone who works from home limits their use of the Citrix environment (accessed via weblogin.tudelft.nl). You don't need Citrix for the most common activities. The number of licenses we have for Citrix is limited, and we need to reserve them for colleagues who really need them. Please make use of alternative ways of working remotely. There are several options and you can find them in the document in the link above.

Setting up your home office

​​​​​​Working the whole day from home requires a well-equipped home office. Tips for setting up your home office as well as possible can be found here.

Keeping in touch with your colleagues

Working from home, you will speak to your colleagues less often, while it is all the more important to stay in touch. This can be done by e-mail or telephone, but also with Skype (for Business) or WhatsApp (groups). Try to make arrangements with your manager and colleagues about how and when you contact each other.

Make arrangements with housemates

Chances are you're not at home alone. Make arrangements with your family or housemates so you can work at home as pleasantly and efficiently as possible. It also helps if you keep fixed working hours and ensure you take sufficient breaks.

Research tools

Especially for researchers, an ICT colleague compiled a handy overview of all online systems inside and outside of TU Delft.


Care of children

We realise that the measure to also close (primary) schools might be particularly difficult for parents with children. We will all have to look for creative solutions. As TU Delft we always try to be as accommodating as possible for parents, but at the same time we have to keep an eye on our primary processes, namely education, research and support. That is why we ask you to:

Work from home wherever possible. We expect that everyone tries their best to find a good and effective balance between working from home and caring for the children. 

If necessary and in the case of homeworking not being possible, please try - in consultation with your partner/other parents/colleagues/family/neighbour/childminder/etc. - to organise an alternative or alternative care for your child(ren). You may also be able to adjust your working hours in consultation with your supervisor.

Employees necessary for distance learning are included in the Dutch government’s list of crucial occupations for whom (primary) schools and childcare facilities are still available. This means that employees of TU Delft who are involved in online education can make use of the childcare facilities. If only one parent works in a crucial profession, parents are being asked to arrange childcare themselves if possible. However, if this is not possible, you can call upon emergency childcare.

Do you not normally make use of childcare, but you work in a crucial profession and would like to make use of emergency childcare? You can register your child for emergency childcare with Stichting Rijswijkse Kinderopvang of which TrueColors Delft at the TU Delft campus is part. This emergency care is for both daycare (0-4 years) as well as out-of-school care after school hours (4-12 years). This emergency childcare is also free of charge. Register your child by filling in the application form on the website of Stichting Rijswijkse Kinderopvang. Specify profession and employer for both parents. Note: emergency childcare is possible on the basis of availability.

Read here more information about this emergency childcare.

Do you need a statement for your child's school or childcare facility? Then fill in this application.

Of course, we understand that some time is needed to be able to arrange the care for your child(ren) properly. If you really don't succeed in finding solutions in the short term, you can claim emergency and/or special leave. Please discuss the arrangements you are making with your manager.