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As of Sept. 1, all medical plan enrollees can participate in the new HealthSelectShoppers incentive program that allows you to save money and earn rewards for certain medical services and procedures. Learn more on how to participate and start saving money.  

Breathe

Take time to take some deep, calming breaths. Breathe in deeply through the nose, and slowly release breath through the mouth. Doing so is an intentional way to calmness. Close your eyes and shut everything out. Now, breathe. Not sure about this? Try the “Soft Belly Breathing” technique.

Move

Whether you put on some old-school grooves and shake it like a Polaroid, prefer some quiet storm and sway in your chair, or thrash out to 80’s metal–let loose a little. Doing any kind of movement throughout the day is going to release endorphins and improve your overall mood. Here are some ideas to get you moving. And, from helpguide.org: ways to exercise if you have limited mobility due to disability, injury or illness. And here are chair exercises from Saga.co.uk.

Check out these thoughts on dancing like no one’s watching.

Imagine

Let your imagination take you to a calm place of peace. It’s called Guided Imagery, and it can help relieve stress. Your mind and body really are connected. Calm body, calm mind. Did you know that imagining something like being at peace can trick your mind and body into actually being at peace? Here’s how.

Living well helps us live a full life and anything is possible with awareness, planning and follow-through.

Learn more with tips and resource for living well.

 

This month, there are several wellness opportunities available through ERS, with a focus on work-life balance. Balancing work and life can be very challenging right now, especially if you have children or grandchildren in your household. We hope you find support through the resources shared In the Green.

Dealing with financial stress and strain is another tough aspect of the pandemic. To help cope, there are key tips for handling these issues that can help you achieve financial well-being and balance. Additionally, there is an Employee Assistance Program available to you that provides access to free financial counseling, as well as other resources to help with the effect of stress on your life. And, now more than ever, it’s important to manage our mental health and practice good self-care. You’ll also find resources and helpful videos, as well as webinars on a range of wellness topics, at the In the Green Wellbeing Portal–from financial education to meditation, stress relief and exercise.

The flu is a contagious disease that spreads every year. Get the facts from the CDC and speak with your primary care physician on how to protect you and family with the influenza vaccine. Short on time? Enter your zip code to find the nearest Walgreens  and make an appointment or just walk in. No co-payment needed–they accept our insurance.    

September is Baby Safety month, and with the upcoming Labor Day Weekend, it’s the perfect time to ensure your baby is safe with these five tips while traveling by car, on a plane, or with family and friends. Be prepared and travel with your BCBS benefit resources.  

Click here for these tips. 

As the semester begins, it can be stressful to manage your physical and emotional health. Here are some healthy ways to maintain good health. 

Click here to check out these tips.

Why conduct the survey now?
It’s worth starting by acknowledging the reality of campus life this fall: People are hurting. From budget constraints to the loss of childcare to fears of a deadly virus, there are countless sources of stress for faculty and staff at every level of the university. 
 
Given the collective state of anxiety, it is more important now than ever for our organization to listen to its community. Therefore, the Gallup Engagement Survey will launch in October for UNT World. This fall’s survey will not be an exercise in accruing points or competing for better internal scores. The inquiry should be intended to provide a voice to the frontline workers fulfilling UNT World’s mission to serve its students and the surrounding communities amid historic turbulence. 
 
Refraining from a fall survey may itself be a costly detriment to engagement. The UNT World vision states their goal is bringing out the full potential of those we serve.
 
It is time to live out these promises by asking campus employees about their wellbeing, especially at a time when many feel muted. 
 
Core reasons to launch a fall engagement survey include: 

  • The issues are enduring. The challenges of today – reduced state funding, hybrid learning, enrollment concerns, health anxiety – may be our new normal. There is little guarantee that life will return to a pre-COVID state by spring 2021. And many core targets of the survey, such as wellbeing and managerial behavior, are real and on-going concerns.
     
  • Delaying bad news only makes conditions worse. If UNT World fears hearing bad news from its employees, these issues won’t grow better with age. They’ll only fester and cause further dissent. 
     
  • Response rates are higher than ever. Across all corners of American life, workers are answering engagement surveys at historically high rates. The Q12 is designed to be completed in just a few minutes, so it does not pose an additional burden to respondents; on the contrary, employees are often grateful to have their opinions heard. 
     
  • Heightened importance during a time of crisis. Survey administrations are often impacted by unpredictable events. But during times of crisis, Gallup has found even stronger correlations between the engagement of workers and performance outcomes. The goal of any survey endeavor is to provide information to make better decisions; the importance of these management decisions is magnified during a crisis. 
     
  • Combatting the challenges of remote work. For many industries with a sudden surge of people working from home, a survey and accompanying feedback improves efforts to close gaps in communication, belonging, performance management and perceptions of safety. 

Will our institutions be able to address every employee concern? Of course not, but that’s the case with any survey. Our leadership can, however, acknowledge all of the extra work that faculty and staff are performing, making sure that employees feel their opinions are contributing to major decisions, and by crafting clear and helpful communications. Thus, showing that faculty and staff feedback is critical even during times of uncertainty and stress.