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Discover Opportunities for Your Work-life and Well-being

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2021) — Whether at home or in the workplace, well-being is a top priority. University of Kentucky Human Resources provides employees with access to well-being expertise, along with dedicated, ongoing efforts to help employees thrive. Work-life and well-being tools and programs offer diverse opportunities for connection and growth, both personally and professionally.

Mental health

Employees can reach out to a therapist for five free counseling sessions per fiscal year. These sessions can be used by themselves or their sponsored dependents. Additionally, licensed and certified Work+Life Connections therapists will be hosting mental health programs throughout the fall. Events include the mindful self-compassion series, weekly mingles and roundtable discussions about important mental health topics.

Personal finance

At no cost, employees can schedule a consultation for guidance on any financial question, big or small. Opportunities are available for employees who wish to learn more about finance, boost their savings or talk to an expert. Financial webinars are regularly offered by TIAA and Fidelity.

Personal resilience

Our certified health coaches are here to support you. They won’t tell you what you should do — they will ask you what you want to achieve, then supply you with tools, strategies and encouragement to help you reach your short- or long-term goals. Employees can consult with a health coach, get assistance with tobacco cessation and learn about improving their sleep habits. Weekly meditation events offer an additional opportunity to de-stress, relax and re-energize.

Nutrition

Experienced dietitians work with you to find nutritional strategies that meet your needs. Through a free EatWell membership, employees can meet with our registered dietitians to help optimize their health through nutrition. The 10-week intuitive eating series provides the opportunity to have a more relaxed, enjoyable relationship with food. And if you are trying to add more vegetables to your diet, you can sign up for our Plant-based Plate series.

Physical activity

Exercise specialists, group classes and dedicated fitness centers can help employees achieve their individual fitness goals. Employees can consult with an exercise specialist in-person or online and explore our three fitness membership options. You can participate with other staff and faculty in a virtual 5K this fall.

Flexible work

If you are working a hybrid or remote work schedule, it’s important to understand strategies for success. This fall, UK HR Work-Life will host virtual workshops to share tips on keeping up with an effective routinecommunicating effectively and managing work-life boundaries

Parenting From new or expectant parents to seasoned parents, we can all use help navigating through parenthood and learning the ropes. Fall events include monthly virtual parenting workshops and in-person walk-and-talk meetups outside on campus. Parents have an opportunity to connect regularly via the UK Working Parents Facebook page and Microsoft Teams group. UK HR Work-Life can also assist with questions related to parenting resources, including breastfeeding and lactation resources.

Elder care

Our elder care specialist is here to support employees who are offering any type of care for an older loved one. Upcoming events include monthly presentations by elder care experts, monthly support group meetings and the annual UK Senior Caregiving Conference with dementia-care expert Teepa Snow.

Stay connected

Employees can register to attend free work-life and well-being events here. For additional questions, please reach out to UK Human Resources:

Work-Life: worklife@uky.edu

Health and Wellness: healthandwellness@uky.edu

Benefits: benefits@email.uky.edu

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.