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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: https://goerlmcpartnership.ilinc.com/join/cmjcsvj (32:27)
Work-Life Services News
EAP: Ten Tips for Coping with Stress at Work
Stress is one of the most frequently cited reasons employees contact EAP for help. We all experience stress, and it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. When managed effectively, stress can actually energize and motivate us. However, excessive stress can take a toll on us, both physically and emotionally. Twenty-five percent of people say their job is the primary stressor in their lives.
Whether your stress is caused by your daily commute, a conflict with a coworker, a heavy workload, or too many deadlines, there are things you can do that can help relieve your stress.More
- Be aware of your stressors – Stress affects people in different ways. Identifying your particular triggers is the first step in developing the skills and resources you need to deal with the stress.
- Recognize your limitations – Trying to be perfect will only add to your stress. You don’t have to be perfect. Maybe you can’t do it all, but you can do your best. Be realistic.
- If you aren’t clear about what is expected of you, ask for clarification. Not knowing what is expected of you makes it hard to be successful and that can be very stressful.
- Avoid negative coworkers – Gossip, constant complaining, criticism, and interpersonal conflict can add to your stress.
- Take a break – Even if it is only for ten minutes, get up, walk around, and get some fresh air. You will come back to the next task refreshed.
- Have healthy interests outside of work – Hobbies, volunteering, or other leisure activities help keep work in perspective, and give you something to look forward to.
- Change what you can, including yourself – Sometimes, you have to reconcile with the way the situation is, but it helps to change your attitude about it. Focusing on the negative aspects can drain your energy and motivation. Positive thinking can help you cope with stress. Practice positive self-talk and see the difference.
- Learn to manage your time – Prioritize and organize to regain a sense of control over yourself and your situation. Procrastination can add to your stress, but sometimes, it is advisable to take time to review your options before taking action.
- Take care of yourself – Eating well, drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep, and staying physically active can help you feel better, and equip you to manage unavoidable stress.
- Talk to someone – Sharing your thoughts and feelings with someone you trust can help you feel less stressed, less isolated, and will remind you that you are not alone.
If you are feeling overwhelmed by stress and would like more information, resources, and support, contact your EAP Coordinator
Enroll in the DCAAccount
Great news for state employees who, in order to be able to work, plan to send their children under the age of 13 to summer day camp! Change in Care Provider (including summer day camp) is an eligible Change in Status event that allows you to enroll in the Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAAccount) for the remainder of 2013. Also, the Employer Contribution is available to eligible employees who enroll in the DCAAccount to help pay for summer day camp expenses.
Please visit www.flexspend.ny.gov or call 1-800-358-7202 for more information, Employer Contribution rates, or to enroll.
Center Summer Camp Fun
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 to 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.
A New Time-Saving Format for NYS-Balance Webinar!
Work-Life Services is pleased to announce a new, time-saving format for the May 16, 2013, NYS-Balance webinar, Staying Fit at Work. To make participation in the webinar less complicated, we will be testing a new half-hour webinar format. The Thursday, May 16 webinar will be offered in two half-hour sessions. Participants can choose to register for either the 12 -12:30 p.m. or 1-1:30 p.m. webinar on the NYS-Balance homepage www.nysbalance.ny.gov. Be sure to register in advance: enter Username: nys and Password: balance, then enter your bargaining unit, agency, and facility, if any. Next, click on "Webinars" on the right hand side of the NYS-Balance home page.
Beginning January 2013, the IRS increased the pre–tax monthly transit limit to $245. Employees can call 1–866–428–7781 (TDD 1–866–353–8058) or go to www.nysride.com for more information. By participating in NYS–Ride, state employees are saving approximately $.40 for every dollar spent on their public transportation to and from work. NYS–Ride also saves employees time as the transit pass is mailed to their home address.
Retirement Planning Videos
A series of short videos — the Planning Your Successful Retirement Video Guide — highlighting key information from the popular DIRECTIONS: Pre-Retirement Planning Seminars is now available. Designed for executive branch employees, the 22 videos were created in partnership with the Office of the State Comptroller, the Department of Civil Service, the NYS Deferred Compensation Plan, and the Social Security Administration. Employees can view the new videos along with other pre-retirement planning information on this Work-Life Services website and also on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/GOERWebServices. More
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