Spring into Action

As we look forward with hope, how can we find renewed energy and build well-being into our lives with intention?

Commencement volunteers needed for May 30

The Commencement Office will be holding multiple ceremonies on May 20, 21 and 30. Each ceremony will be limited to 500 graduates, who have the option to invite two guests each. For further details, please refer to the Commencement website. At this time the Commencement Office still needs volunteer ambassadors for Sunday, May 30. If you […]

Manager courses to support employee well-being and change

Supporting your personal and team well-being is important. View a list of courses through LinkedIn Learning to help you learn how to be an effective leader and empower your people to thrive.   Learning Path: Supporting Your Well-Being during Times of Change and Uncertainty Time Management – How to Organize Your Time and Your Life – Productivity […]

Compensation Training for Managers

Staff Compensation and Workday Data Transparency, Upcoming training sessions Human Resources is offering manager/supervisor training to provide an overview of staff employee compensation and outline what employees and managers will see once the university shifts from HRMS to Workday. In Workday, employees will have the ability to view information about their pay and the components […]

Manager Orientation shifts to online module

We are excited to announce that we have transitioned the in-person Manager Orientation (MO) for both the Danforth and Medical School campus to a newly designed online module. Manager Orientation is now available to complete in Learn@Work, the university’s learning management system. The Manager Orientation online course provides essential information to help leaders be effective in […]

FSA adjustments

Human Resources is please to announce that we have amended the WashU FSA to provide flexibility and help you take proactive steps for your health and financial well-being.  Under legislation that was passed and signed into law in late December 2020, employers are now allowed to provide flexibility to employees who need to make adjustments […]

tHRive tip: 5 tips on bringing your heart to work

Meaningful work is about forging human connections to create a deeper, richer work experience.  This concept is easy enough to agree with, but what is “meaningful work” really about? It’s about showing up in a way that lifts and supports the people around you. It’s being authentic and holding space for others to do the same. Simply put, it’s about allowing your heart to join you in your work.  […]

Elevating employee well-being

The well-being of people is always our focus, and during the pandemic, HR and university partners joined together to provide real-time support for every aspect of employees’ lives. Support for the whole person spans from physical and mental health to family care, flexible and remote work and professional learning.   From flexible work arrangements to telehealth, prescription delivery, financial education sessions, 24/7 work-life […]

Let’s Celebrate Heart Health Month

In honor of National Heart Month, WashU Wellness Connection is highlighting important steps and resources to help you take care of your heart. Eating healthier, exercising more and getting regular check-ups are key steps toward a healthy heart. In addition, reducing stress and considering our emotional connection to ourselves play a vital role in your […]

6 tips for a healthy, productive work routine

Balancing household and career demands is a challenge even in “normal” times, so it’s no wonder many of us have sought new ways to optimize our effectiveness (while staying healthy) over the last year. Here are six tips to help you maintain a healthy, productive work routine. Emphasize positivity in your work setup. It’s important […]

WashU Crisis Response Fund

Our people are incredibly important to carrying out our missions of research, teaching and patient care, and we care deeply about your well-being. 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 our community with costs […]

A statement on violence at the U.S. Capitol

Read a note from Chancellor Andrew D. Martin on the violence at the U.S. Capitol. What we are seeing today shall not define who we are as a nation. – Andrew D. Martin, Chancellor   If you or someone you know needs help:  Call the employee assistance program at 844-365-4587 or visit the website for […]

The Gratitude Project

The Gratitude Project, a new program focuses on highlighting stories of how WashU faculty, staff and students are rising up for the greater good. The Gratitude Project was developed by the Innovation subcommittee of the Chancellor’s Fall Contingency Planning Committee. The stories will be shared in a video series hosted by Tim Bono, assistant dean for […]

New family care facilitator

WashU Human Resources welcomes Lisa Eberle-Mayse, the new child and family care facilitator. In this role, Lisa will support faculty and staff families with finding and maintaining the care they need for their family members. Lisa brings 40 years of experience in early care and education to this role. She has been a teacher, Child Care Center Director and Inclusion Specialist. She is also […]

“Thank you Days”

Washington University is extending two additional days of paid time off to Danforth Campus and Central Fiscal Unit staff employees to be used between Dec. 18, 2020 and Feb. 28, 2021. These days are in addition to the standard university vacation and holiday time off benefits. They do not reduce any time off balances – […]

Elections: Politics, Media and Stress

An article from Guidance Resources, powered by ComPsych In recent 2020 polling, about two-thirds of Americans (66 percent) said they felt worn out by the amount of news during this election cycle. Another recent poll showed that more than half of U.S. adults felt the elections were “somewhat” or “very significant” sources of stress. As […]

WashU Votes

Election Day is November 3. Here are a few resources to help you manage your schedule at work and learn more about ballot information.

Making Masks Work for Kids

There’s a lot of uncertainty in the world right now. How many times have you heard that in the last six months?

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

It started with talk of cloth diapers vs. disposable, sleep training debates, early childhood education. Then it got bigger.

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

The New Normal

Maintaining employee morale, well-being and engagement in the new workplace environment.

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, […]

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 […]

A New Reason to Smile

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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 […]