LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 19, 2021) — The start of a new year is the perfect time to set goals and make plans, both in your career and personally. Though plenty University of Kentucky employees have settled into a new normal, managing work and life responsibilities can still be a challenge, and UK Human Resources Work-Life is available to help.
Through Work+Life Connections Counseling, UK Elder Care, the Resources for Parents web page and Flexible Work information, HR Work-Life provides beneficial programming for employees and their families. Work-Life programs support positive mental health and self-care, effective work-life management and overall well-being for ourselves and our loved ones.
Work+Life Connections Counseling
Work+Life Connections therapists offer individual appointments, group presentations and workshops throughout the year in order to support employees’ mental health and to promote self-care. The twice weekly Midday Mingle series offers informal connection and community for UK employees. The monthly Real Talk series is a roundtable-style discussion where therapists and an elder care specialist answer real questions about real life, including themes such as finding purpose, children and mental health, relationships, conflicts and self-esteem. The four-week Mindful Self-Compassion series will share self-awareness and relaxation skills, as well as encourage kindness toward oneself.
A complete list of these events is available on the HR Work-Life calendar.
For those who seek individual or family counseling, appointments are offered Monday-Friday. Employees can choose a therapist who best meets their needs.
Employees can reach out to HR Elder Care for assistance in identifying elder care needs, personalized referrals to community services and seminars related to elder care issues. Monthly workshops and caregiver support group sessions are offered by HR Elder Care, covering topics such as caregiving, Alzheimer’s, dementia and long-term care.
Work-Life's elder care specialist is available Monday-Thursday for consultations and guidance.
Resources for Parents
UK employees and students have access to our exclusive community of UK students who provide child care through the Big Blue Family Care referral service. Parents can submit a request for assistance via the online form. Work-Life also offers helpful information on how to choose and connect with child care centers.
The Working Parents Network Meetings offer a way for working parents to connect, learn about resources and share advice. Monthly meetings create the opportunity to learn helpful tips from experts by exploring topics like child development, parent-child relationships, nutrition, fitness and self-care. The monthly Parents Coffee Talk sessions offer an informal morning chat environment where parents can connect, offer support and discuss what is on their minds.
UK employees have the option to consider a variety of flex work options including remote work, compressed schedules, adjusted hours and reduced seasonal or unpaid hours. Details and the proposal request forms are on the Flexible Work web page.
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