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Work–Life Services (WLS) are six negotiated benefits programs for Executive Branch employees resulting from a collaboration between NYS and the public employee unions. These programs are designed to increase employee productivity and morale by improving the quality of work and life for employees and include: Employee Assistance Program, NYS–Balance, Worksite Child Care Centers, Flex Spending Account, NYS–Ride, and Pre–Retirement Planning. To view a short video about WLS benefits click here. 12:11
To view or print the Work-Life Services Brochure click here.
May is Employee Health and Fitness Month
Celebrate Employee Health and Fitness Month in New York State workplaces either by creating Healthy Moments on your own or forming Healthy Groups with two or more coworkers.
- Create Healthy Moments on your own by going for a walk on your work break, taking the stairs to get to a meeting instead of the elevator, bringing in a healthy lunch, participating in a physical activity event or scheduling a healthy assessment and going to your physician.
- Form Healthy Groups by asking coworkers to go for a group walk, organize a healthy salad bowl luncheon where everyone brings in one ingredient for a salad and their favorite salad dressing, or share a healthy recipe at a pot luck lunch.
- Open up the WellNYS Everyday website at http://www.worklife.ny.gov/wellnyseveryday to learn more about wellness in the workplace.
- Participate in the WellNYS Everyday May Monthly Challenge by using one of your work breaks to move, walk, jog, or run on a daily basis.
- Subscribe to the WellNYS Daily tips.
- Click on the WellNYS in the Workplace for 50 ideas on how to engage in healthy behaviors while in the workplace.
For more information, contact your EAP Coordinator.
EAP: April is Alcohol Awareness MonthMost people use alcohol responsibly. However, consuming too much alcohol can harm the health and well-being of those who drink, and can affect their relationships with their families, friends, and co-workers.
Do you know whether your use of alcohol is safe or harmful? Here are two simple tests to help you decide:
If you think you may have a drinking problem, EAP can help.
Contact your EAP coordinator for additional information, resources, and support.
Fun at NYS Worksite Center Summer Camps
Are you looking for a summer camp for your school-aged child? Did you know that many of the NY State Worksite Child Care Centers offer summer camp for children ages 5 - 12? All of the worksite summer camps are based out of the child care centers so they are conveniently located at various state sites. All the summer camps offer weekly themes to ensure your child will be entertained while gaining knowledge on a variety of topics in a caring environment. What questions should I ask when I call about enrolling my child for summer camp? Click here for more.
Dependent Care Advantage AccountIf you are paying for child care for a child under age 13 in order to work, consider enrolling in the Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAAccount), if you have not already done so. Visit www.flexspend.ny.gov or call 1-800-358-7202, and choose option 2 to talk with us about your eligibility for the employer contribution and how this valuable, money-saving state employee benefit could help you with camp expenses.
Free NYS–Balance Resource Materials
Did you know a wide variety of free resource materials are available through the NYS–Balance program? To order materials, go to: http://www.nysbalance.ny.gov. After logging in, on the right side of the home page, in the Employee Resources section, click on the Educational Materials tab, complete the form and submit. The materials will be mailed directly to your home.
Welcome to the Family Packet
Work-Life Services introduces the "Welcome to the Family Packet". Parenting is an exciting and challenging experience. Today's parents often face unique circumstances balancing their work and family responsibilities. As a New York State Executive Branch employee parent, you are entitled to several negotiated benefits designed to assist you with balancing work and life. The "Welcome to the Family Packet" will outline these benefits programs as well as provide educational child care and parenting brochures. We invite you to request a "Welcome to the Family Packet" if you are expecting or recently added to your family through the birth or adoption of a child. Email your request along with your name and home address to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Parenthood, it's not a job. It's an adventure" – –author unknown