Making Masks Work for Kids

By Andrea Giedinghagen, MD There’s a lot of uncertainty in the world right now (how many times have you heard that in the last six months?). We don’t know exactly what the coming school year will look like or what the second wave will look like. We don’t know when a vaccine is coming, or […]

COVID-19 Related Policy Changes

Human Resources has introduced and expanded policies in order to assist our employee workforce through the impact of the pandemic. View information below on the new Flexible Work Arrangement Policy, ADA Accommodation Process/COVID-19 Related Work Modification for Faculty and Staff and update to the Communicable Diseases policy related to pay. Flexible Work Arrangement Policy – […]

Parenting in the Pandemic

By Naazia Azhar, MD Parenting was hard enough in 2019, am I right? It started with talk of cloth diapers vs. disposable, sleep training debates, early childhood education. Then it got bigger: which activities to enroll them in, driving them around to said activities, finding the best school for your child, sibling rivalry, the right […]

Developing healthy coping skills for resilience

Article by Neha Navsaria, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (Child) Everyone experiences challenges in life, and especially now- with COVID-19, racism, returning to work, balancing family/work obligations, to name a few-the number of challenges can feel overwhelming. What do you do when you are under chronic stress that feels never-ending?  What you are experiencing right […]

Manager Memo #4

How we’re helping employees and leaders navigate the environment, support well-being All of us are coping with the stressors and challenges we face personally and as an institution. We recognize the serious impact the pandemic has on our people. Our goal, as always, is to focus on the well-being of people and help address the stressors put […]

Dean’s State of the School

School of Medicine Dean’s State of the School Please join Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs and Dean, David H. Perlmutter, MD for the annual State of the School address. Virtual sessions take place on June 24 at 10 a.m. and June 26 at 3:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. A link will then be sent […]

WashU Helping our Own

Learn how WashU faculty and staff are coming together to provide expert-driven programs for university employees.  WUCare – New primary care access for university employees Beginning June 1, 2020, Washington University employees and their families (age 18+) who are enrolled in the university sponsored health plan (United Healthcare) will have access to a primary care physician […]

Leading in the Next Normal

Maintaining employee morale, well-being and engagement in the new workplace environment As we experience the uncertainty, change, challenges and unique onsite and remote operations, we must focus on building morale, creating community and developing an employee culture with a strong sense of resiliency, adaptability, energy, trust and purpose. Consider the well-being of people in this […]

Adjusting health savings accounts for COVID-19 impact

Health savings accounts help you address health and financial challenges. Remember that you can use your account to pay for qualified medical expenses that arise for you and your family. If you are enrolled in Health Savings Account or Flex Spending Account, new IRS guidance allows employers to extend grace periods for Dependent Care and […]

Danforth Return to Campus Kits

Return to Campus Kits For Danforth Phase 1 Return, two pick up dates are available for employees returning in the Phase 1 approved group. Attendants at the pick up stations in the East End Garage will deliver the bags via the passenger window and check off names from the Phase 1 approved list of employees. […]

Celebrating Staff!

We celebrate staff, today and everyday. Thank you for all you do to help us achieve our missions of research, teaching and patient care. Our on-campus events may be postponed, but we can all take a moment to celebrate our achievements together. A note on Danforth Staff DayRemember Danforth Staff Day 2019? The weather was […]

Parenting During a Pandemic

Insight from WashU Psychiatry instructor, Andrea Giedinghagen, MD This pandemic has brought changes to almost every aspect of our lives, and parenting is no exception. From coping with the boredom of being at home for days on end to grappling with fear and uncertainty, there are challenges for parents and children alike. Some parenting challenges […]

Creating a Sleep Routine – 6 Steps to Better Sleep

Creating a Sleep Routine Establishing a sleep routine that works for you helps you get the recommended amount of sleep each night. Sleep routines are activities before bed each night. Routines can improve the quality and length of sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to maintaining long-term healthy eating and physical activity habits. […]

Manager Memo #3

To help you lead your departments through the difficult and pressing circumstances related to the impact of COVID-19, please review these important manager messages and share with other managers in your areas. The manager memos, along with resources are posted on the HR web page, Manager Resources for COVID-19. These regular updates to management provide guidance on key issues related to supporting staff and operations, […]

WashU Crisis Response Fund for Employees

Our people are incredibly important to carrying out our missions of research, teaching and patient care, and we care deeply about the well-being of our community. As a part of efforts to support the Washington University community through challenges related to the impact of COVID-19, the WashU Crisis Response Fund is available to help employees […]

Tips for Social Distancing in the Workplace

It is important to practice safe social distancing if you are an essential employee working on site. Your health and safety are a top priority, and social distancing in the workplace will help keep you and others from spreading COVID-19. Be mindful of these simple tips when you’re at work. 1.  Physically distance in the work […]

Rise Up for Heroes

“Rise Up for Heroes” – A Message from Saint Louis Civic, Sports and Business Sectors to Honor Frontline Heroes Every day our community is witnessing exceptional acts of heroism by those fighting the battles created by the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. From the thousands and thousands of brave healthcare workers to the staffs at […]

Fostering Resilience

A word from Guidance Resources: Resilience is more than coping; it’s about confronting crises and difficult situations without getting overwhelmed by them. Resilient people are better able to handle life’s stressors and adapt to changing situations. Being resilient can help protect you from depression, stress and anxiety, too. Resilience can be strengthened and nurtured in adults […]

Spread hope to healthcare heroes

Our healthcare workers and staff are stepping up in extraordinary ways. Send messages of hope and gratitude to support the medical professionals on the front lines, and all who bravely come to work for the greater good. As a part of the Care and Connection efforts, messages are shared on social media, on digital signage […]

Coping with COVID-19: Eight issues people are experiencing

There are different issues that play into how COVID-19 impacts one’s mental well-being. From fear and anxiety, to isolation and family stressors, Dr. Emily Mukherji, assistant professor in Washington University’s Department of Psychiatry, highlights key factors related to coping with COVID. 1) Fear of illness For many people there can be a lot of fear […]

COVID-19 Manager Memo #2

To help you lead your departments through the difficult and pressing circumstances related to the impact of COVID-19, please review these important manager messages and share with other managers in your areas. The manager memos, along with resources are posted on the HR web page, Manager Resources for COVID-19. Faculty and staff are incredibly valuable to our mission. […]

COVID-19 Impact – Management Memo #1

Today’s Manager Memo focuses on these two key topics: Recording Time and the Use of Special Paid Time Off (Special paid time off is no longer available; information removed) Helping you think creatively about assigning meaningful work that differs from typical day-to-day operations Recording Time  Employees who work either on campus or remotely continue to […]

Resources for a Happy, Healthy Holiday

This season is a time to focus on gratitude, giving, reflection and quality time with friends, colleagues and family. This time can also be difficult to navigate and cause stress. Learn proactive strategies to help you cope with holiday emotions, money issues and health.  Tips from Work-Life Solutions Work-Life Solutions, by Guidance Resources, is the […]

WashU Leaders Supporting St. Louis

To our Community of WashU Leaders: We can support St. Louis through our WashU missions. Each day, we dedicate ourselves to meaningful work that improves lives and makes a positive impact on society. Whether you are a senior leader or emerging leader growing with the university, it is important you find meaning and purpose at […]

Call for Musicians

Call for Musicians for the School of Medicine Winter Concert The ninth annual Winter Concert will take place on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 4 p.m. in the lobby of the Center for Advanced Medicine. As before, soloists and ensembles, including vocalists and instrumentalists, of all musical genres are welcome to sign-up. Students, faculty, and […]

Mandatory Flu Shot Information for Medical School employees

The mandatory influenza policy is now in effect. Please review the policy and flu shot schedule to help ensure the Washington University School of Medicine protects the safety of our patients, as well as the health of the Medical School community and their families. In order to protect its patients, students and employees, the School of Medicine […]

Flu Shots for Medical Campus

Flu doesn’t fight fair. Even if you’re healthy, you can get sick and spread the flu to your co-workers or patients, or even bring it home to your family. Fight back.   4444 Forest Park, Room 1540 and 1540E October 9: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, MOB 3, 2nd Floor, HCI […]

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Your Next Chapter

Your Next Chapter: Conversations on Retirement and Beyond Planning to retire from Washington University? This transition can be rich with new pathways and opportunities like volunteering, part-time employment, travel, continuing education, hobbies, and much, much more. Yet, you may also have questions: If I’m not an employee, who am I? How do I fill my time? […]

Financial IQ Challenge

Throughout the month of June, WashU staff were invited to go online and test their financial awareness by answering questions on a variety of topics including loans, taxes, investing and retirement. Each day, five new questions were added to the quiz challenge. 10 WashU staff won $25 gift cards for participating and testing their financial […]

Expanded Staff Time-off Benefits

As previously announced, the university expanded its paid time off benefits for benefits-eligible staff to support a healthy work-life balance. A new Short-Term Medical Disability benefit and enhancements to time-off benefits became effective July 1, 2019. View the new Leaves of Absence website hub for details on time off and to learn how to request […]

A Guide to Healthy Summer Eating

Summer is here, and it is a time for grilling, swimming, road trips and outdoor activities.  This summer, make a plan to enjoy healthy recipes, fresh produce and treats! Wellness Connection offers opportunities to purchase produce from local farmers and attend cooking demos from our MyWay to Health consultants. Farmers Market Each week, local farmers […]

Enhanced Leave Policy Training and FAQ for Managers

Effective July 1, 2019, we are implementing the second phase of enhanced time off benefits. These enhancements expand paid time off for benefit-eligible staff, adding a short term medical disability benefit and making changes to long term disability, sick time, vacation, holidays and personal days to allow for an expanded, comprehensive and integrated leave package. […]

School of Medicine Dean’s Update

Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs, Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor and George and Carol Bauer Dean of the School of Medicine, David H. Perlmutter, MD will host this event to share updates on recent events, future plans and School of Medicine initiatives. Dean Perlmutter will also share a special announcement at […]

Toastmasters Celebrates 5 Years!

WashU Toastmasters’ Clubs Celebrate 5 years! Attend an upcoming Open House and learn how you can be a part of Toastmasters.   WUSTL SPEAKS Celebration: Wednesday April 17, 2019 12:05 PM Location: Danforth Campus, Seigle Hall 109 Toast Of WU Open House: Tuesday April 23, 2019 12:05 PM Location: West Campus, Room 350 No RSVP necessary. Learn […]

Engage in St. Louis

Washington University faculty, staff and students are integral members of the St. Louis community. We are a world-class institution with roots firmly in St. Louis. Explore affordable entertainment options, activities and cultural attractions at WashU and the surrounding St. Louis area. Featured St. Louis Activities New! WashU Night at the Soccer Park, April 13 – Purchase tickets […]

Fostering effective performance management

Performance management is a fundamental management process that helps shape how employees view and do their work at Washington University. As a manager, you should approach performance management as an ongoing process that brings out the best in staff members as they meet your group’s goals. To learn more about how to conduct performance management […]

Serving Others Together

Learn how you can get engaged in organizations that improve the lives of those in the St. Louis region, and beyond.

Upcoming Wellness Programming

Engage in healthy activities through ongoing Wellness Connection programs. Programming is offered throughout the year to help you reach your goals. Earn rewards for taking steps toward a balanced, healthy life! Upcoming Wellness Programming: Know Your Numbers – Annual Health Screening Events for WashU Employees Screening events are available where you work.  Sign up online or […]

Pursue your financial well-being

Pursue your future financial well-being in manageable steps and at key milestones with tools, resources and webinars through TIAA and WashU.  Tools and resources available through the WashU TIAA Portal: TIAA has articles, tools, videos and advisors to help you prepare for retirement. View tools and resources to help you on your path to financial […]

Inspired by WashU’s Day of Discovery? Take a UCollege Course!

Keep the conversation going by enrolling in one of the following classes at University College: Summer Courses – course registration opens Wednesday, March 27. Delve into mid-20th century civil rights and religious issues in Religion, Race, and Politics in Recent American History (U16 Hist 3675). Learn how to make a difference in your own community in Introduction […]

March is National Nutrition Month

In recognition of National Nutrition Month, Wellness Connection brings you educational sessions and opportunities to learn how you can embrace nutritious eating habits. Washington University’s MyWay to Health wellness consultants will walk you through recipes and teach you how to prepare and cook healthy, easy meals. Events will take place across WashU campuses: MyWay to […]

10 Leadership Insights and Lessons

On January 31, 6 executives came to campus to share leadership wisdom at an Olin Business School event. Carla Bailey, HR learning and development senior manager was among the panelists, sharing her tips and lessons on leadership. Her 10 leadership tips are: Lead with your authentic self. Commit to remaining curious. Dare to live outside […]

St. Louis Diversity Leader Returns to the Community for WashU

DeCou has been a leading figure in diversity awareness and anti-bias efforts in the nonprofit sector of the St. Louis community for more than 25 years. At Washington University, she has conducted highly popular diversity training sessions with more than 8,500 employees and supports efforts to improve the university’s workforce diversity. Today, DeCou is taking […]

America Saves Week

Four great ways to get in the saving habit America Saves Week is February 25 to March 2 It’s a lot easier to spend than save, but getting into a saving mindset now could make a big difference later. Start with a plan that works for you and follow it. It might be easier than […]

Live Near Your Work Housing Fairs

Learn more about the Live Near Your Work program by stopping by one of the upcoming housing fairs. Speak with local lenders and realtors who serve this program and the eligible neighborhoods surrounding the campus. All housing fairs will be held from 11am – 1pm Wednesday, May 1 – North Campus, Cafeteria Thursday, May 2 […]

2018 Year in Photos

2018 Year in Review for Events All Around WashU! Throughout 2018, we recognized staff achievements, celebrated your dedication to the university and came together as a community at various events. We look forward to what’s ahead in 2019, as we continue to engage and celebrate our valuable staff! Thank you for all you do for the […]

The Spirit of St. Louis Winter Gift Guide

From theatre to hockey to joining a gym, Check out our Gift Guide-it’s filled to the brim  With WashU discounts, specials, and more All right here in St. Louis – go and explore! Discounted tickets to St. Louis Signature Events St. Louis Symphony – Continually updated with great offers on concerts for WashU faculty and […]