"Office of Wellbeing" Archive

Updates from HR: COVID-19 updates, wellbeing, employee events

COVID-19 Update

As announced, beginning May 1 University gate access will return to normal operations. Those who requested an exemption from the SneezSafe daily wellness screening will have their Deacon OneCard access automatically reinstated May 1. Faculty and staff should continue to monitor their health daily and utilize SneezSafe when they need help determining whether they should proceed to campus. Rows of pink, white, and yellow tulips blooming in Reynolda Gardens

Campus Redensification

As we near the end of the semester and plan for in-person classes this fall, colleagues who are still working remotely may have questions about their return to on-site work. Colleagues should expect the summer to be a transitional period during which leaders will engage teams and individuals in conversations about staffing plans that prioritize student- and employee-facing interactions. To aid in this process, we have developed these Campus Redensification Guidelines to help managers initiate these conversations.

With commencement less than three weeks away, now is a time to celebrate the numerous accomplishments of our campus community. Colleagues can anticipate receiving an update the week following commencement with additional redensification guidance, 2021-2022 Paid Time Off (PTO) carryover plans, and revised COVID-19 policies. We appreciate your patience as we continue to refine the University’s plans for the fall.

Weekly Wellbeing Tip: Email Timing

Intentional work correspondence can have a big impact on employee morale. Teams can strengthen and respect work-life balance by discussing what email best practices their teams should adhere to. Consider scheduling emails to send during work hours only and turning off notifications during non-working hours.

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Office of Wellbeing offers virtual nutrition counseling appointments

This is a guest post from the Office of Wellbeing.

Want to improve your eating habits? Nutrition counseling appointments are available!

If you’re struggling with healthy eating or need help managing your diabetes, high blood pressure or cholesterol, we can help. Registered Dietitian Christie Hunter will assist you with meeting your personal nutrition goals. She will assess your current intake to make practical goals that will help you become a healthier you.

As part of our commitment to your wellbeing, we encourage benefits-enrolled faculty and staff to take advantage of these free, one-on-one consultations. Sessions are one hour long and take place via web meeting.

Visit the Office of Wellbeing to learn more and register for a consultation.

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Introducing the “Resilience at Work” wellbeing toolkit

This message is shared on behalf of Human Resources and the Office of Wellbeing.

Wake Forest Colleagues,

We are writing to introduce you to the “Resilience at Work” wellbeing toolkit, a resource that we hope each of you will find useful in the coming months and years. Over the last 13 months each of us has had to pivot, adapt, and find new internal resources to support one another and the mission of Wake Forest. This pulling together has been essential and yet at times it may have also left us and our colleagues feeling depleted and overwhelmed.

In recent weeks, a team of campus experts from the Office of Wellbeing and Human Resources have assembled research-based strategies that managers and supervisors can use to continue to support themselves and their colleagues. It is our hope that you find the resulting toolkit to be useful, accessible, and with clear action steps for leaders who come from all areas within our university community. There are quick tips and opportunities for deeper dives. We encourage each of you to come back to this toolkit often, as you work one-on-one, prepare for upcoming office or department meetings, plan retreats, or develop strategic plans. In addition, beginning last week we started to share tips for resilience in the weekly “Updates from Human Resources” newsletter.

As the wellbeing of our employees is a clear institutional priority, we also expect that this resource will evolve to meet the changing needs of our community. Let us know how you use the resources in this toolkit – what you need more of and how we can continue to support you.

With deep gratitude,

Dr. James D. Raper
Assistant Vice President for Health & Wellbeing

Dedee DeLongpré Johnston
Vice President for Human Resources and Sustainability

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ResilientWake Workshop Series and SkillShare sessions for faculty and staff

Office of Wellbeing logo: A leaf with eight colors representing eight dimensions of wellbeing, beside the word "Thrive"

Resilience helps us manage life changes, difficulties and failures in healthy ways. Over the coming weeks, the Office of Wellbeing will host a four-part ResilientWake Workshop Series and several single-session SkillShares for faculty and staff to learn and practice skills to better adjust, adapt and cope with challenges and change.

ResilientWake Workshop Series

Faculty and staff are invited to commit to a four-part workshop series on developing and implementing a toolkit of resilience skills.

Sessions will be held on Thursdays, from 12 to 1:15 p.m., beginning April 15.

Single-session ResilientWake SkillShares

Join instructors from the Office of Wellbeing for single-session SkillShares to learn resilience-building skills in the context of living and working through the COVID-19 pandemic, the benefits of routine and tips for practicing daily gratitude. Instructors and participants will cover what resilience is and is not, practice trauma-informed mind-body skills and explore intentional perspectives for navigating these uncertain times.

  • Resilience and COVID-19: April 14 or May 5
  • Routine and Resilience Building: April 19
  • Gratitude, Strengths and Values: April 26 or May 10

Visit the Office of Wellbeing for more information, and register on the PDC website.

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Updates from HR: COVID-19 vaccines, ResilientWake, TEDxWake, Fit for Business 5K

COVID-19 update

Beginning today, anyone 16 years or older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination in North Carolina. You must be at least 18-years-old to receive the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccines and at least 16-years-old to receive the Pfizer vaccine. The setting sun lights up a cherry tree outside the library and a student sits studying at a picnic table

Mass vaccination clinic April 10: A mass vaccination clinic will be held at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds on April 10, offering Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen single-dose vaccine. The University will provide shuttles to the Fairgrounds every 30 minutes starting at 8:30 a.m. and running until 5 p.m. Shuttles will pick up and drop off in front of the ZSR Library. Faculty, staff and students who have not been vaccinated are encouraged to register.

Second dose clinics: Throughout April, the University will be offering second dose clinics for those who received their first vaccine dose at an on-campus clinic in March. If you are scheduled to receive your second dose at an on-campus clinic but are unsure of your appointment date or time, please contact the Faculty and Staff Clinic at 743.223.4217.

ResilientWake: Thursdays in April

Join the Office of Wellbeing for their faculty and staff ResilientWake Workshop, a four-part series to learn how to develop and implement resilience skills into everyday life.

Register » pdc.wfu.edu

TEDxWake: April 10

The 2021 TEDxWake theme is “Spill The Tea,” which asks the audience to lean in, open their ears and find inspiration wherever it may land. This hybrid event is open to the general public virtually and to WFU students, faculty, and staff on Manchester plaza and free of charge.

Register » go.wfu.edu/spillthetea

Fit for Business 5K: April 12-18 

The annual Fit for Business 5K will be held virtually this year and benefit the Chaplain’s Emergency Fund. Faculty and staff are encouraged to register as your gift of any amount counts toward your race registration.

Register » crowdfund.wfu.edu

New Staff Orientation: April 13

Newly hired University staff are invited to register for New Staff Orientation, which provides important information as you join the Wake Forest community.

Register » pdc.wfu.edu

School of Medicine in Charlotte

ICYMI: Leaders from Atrium Health, Wake Forest Baptist Health and Wake Forest University announced a 20-acre site in midtown Charlotte has been chosen for WFU’s second School of Medicine campus.

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