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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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. […]

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 […]