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Monday, Oct 20, 2014

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Linda Lonsinger

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Human Resources matters: Stopping stress


Welcome back to Ohio University!  Since winter break, we have entered a new year, 2011, and we are all looking ahead to determine what the year holds in store for us.

Before we cast our eyes too far into the future, I would like for us to collectively take a breath.  Admittedly, the completion of the holidays, the reality of pressing workloads, and looming budget issues, may well create anxiety and frustration.  Should you find yourself in that state of mind, I would like you to consider the University-sponsored resources available to you to assist in times of stress.

Such University-sponsored resources include:

  • WellWorks - As you know, WellWorks is Ohio University’s wellness center that offers its members a variety of positive programs to assist with health and stress management.  You can contact them at 740-593-2093 or view their website at www.ohio.edu/wellworks/ to find out more details about their programs.
  • Employee Assistance/Work Life Program (EAP) – As an employee of the University, you and your family members are offered many services through the University-provided EAP program benefit at no cost to you.  For more information on the many services provided through this program, please visit the UHR website at www.ohio.edu/hr/benefits/healthcare/eap.cfm or call the benefits phone line at 740-593-1651 and select number 5 to reach a service representative at IMPACT (our EAP provider).

We might also consider that we can all reduce one another’s stress by maintaining a civil attitude, valuing our differences and treating each other with respect. Let us all choose a path that promotes health and good will for ourselves and each other.