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Work–Life Services (WLS) are six negotiated benefits programs for Executive Branch employees resulting from a collaboration between NYS and the public employee unions. These programs are designed to increase employee productivity and morale by improving the quality of work and life for employees and include: Employee Assistance Program, NYS–Balance, Worksite Child Care Centers, Flex Spending Account, NYS–Ride, and Pre–Retirement Planning. To view a short video about WLS benefits click here. 12:26
To view or print the Work-Life Services Brochure click here.
EAP: Summer Stress
We usually think of the “lazy, hazy days of summer” as a time to relax in the sun and unwind after a long winter. But did you know summer can be very stressful? When you try and pack too much into a short time, spend too much on a vacation you can’t afford, feel you need to respond to emails from the office while on vacation, and the kids have too much time on their hands, it can be very stressful. Here are some tips to minimize your stress this summer:
Tips to Relieve Summer Stress
- Set Limits: Don’t feel you need to complete all the projects you didn’t get done all year. Prioritize. Pick one or two things you will enjoy.
- Plan activities for the kids: When kids are bored, everyone is unhappy. Whether it’s camp, a summer reading program at the local library, swimming lessons, or some other activity, make sure to keep kids occupied. Everyone will be happier.
- Spend time outdoors: Taking time to enjoy nature is a sure way to renew yourself, relax, and reduce stress.
- Take a mini-vacation: If you are short on time or money, you can still enjoy a mini-vacation close to home. Spend the day at your local beach, visit nearby historic sites, if you have a summer theater in your community, take in a play. Visit www.iloveny.com for information about festivals, events, tours, and other things to do in your area and around the state.
- Take care of yourself: Keep hydrated. Exercise, but do it early in the morning or in the evening when it isn’t so hot. Eat healthy - find fresh fruits and vegetables at the local farmers’ market. Don’t overload your schedule. And don’t forget the sunscreen.
- Ask yourself, at the end of the summer what do you want to be able to say you did this summer – and do it!
For more ideas and resources to help minimize summer stress, or if you are feeling overwhelmed because of stress, contact your EAP coordinator.
Retirement Planning Videos
A series of short videos — the Planning Your Successful Retirement Video Guide — highlighting key information from the popular DIRECTIONS: Pre-Retirement Planning Seminars is now available. Designed for executive branch employees, the 23 videos were created in partnership with the Office of the State Comptroller, the Department of Civil Service, the NYS Deferred Compensation Plan, and the Social Security Administration. Employees can view the videos along with other pre-retirement planning information on this Work-Life Services website and also on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/GOERWebServices. More
New Free NYS–Balance Resource Materials
We are very pleased to offer a wide variety of new, free, resource materials available through the NYS–Balance program. To order materials, go to: http://www.nysbalance.ny.gov. After logging in, on the right side of the home page, in the Employee Resources section, click on the Educational Materials tab, complete the form and submit. The materials will be mailed directly to your home.
Fun at Worksite Center Summer Camps
Are you looking for a summer camp for your school-aged child? Did you know that many of the NY State Worksite Child Care Centers offer summer camp typically for children ages 5 to 12? All of the worksite summer camps are based out of the child care centers, so they are conveniently located at various state sites. The summer camps offer weekly themes to ensure your child will be entertained while gaining knowledge on a variety of topics in a caring environment. What questions should I ask when I call about enrolling my child for summer camp? Click here for more.
Retirement Planning Resources Workshops
The Retirement Planning Resources Workshop is a free, one-hour training, available to state agencies for their employees, regardless of years of state service. The training will not cover specific retirement information, and is not a substitute for the full-day DIRECTIONS seminars. Instead, the goal of this training program is to educate executive branch employees about the resources available so they can begin planning their retirement.
If you would like to schedule this one-hour training, you may contact Beth Brumaghim, Seminar Program Manager, at Beth.Brumaghim@goer.ny.gov or 518.473.4018.
Welcome to the Family Packet
Work-Life Services introduces the "Welcome to the Family Packet". Parenting is an exciting and challenging experience. Today's parents often face unique circumstances balancing their work and family responsibilities. As a New York State Executive Branch employee parent, you are entitled to several negotiated benefits designed to assist you with balancing work and life. The "Welcome to the Family Packet" will outline these benefits programs as well as provide educational child care and parenting brochures. We invite you to request a "Welcome to the Family Packet" if you are expecting or recently added to your family through the birth or adoption of a child. Email your request along with your name and home address to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Parenthood, it's not a job. It's an adventure" – –author unknown
NYS-Balance makes life less complicated by providing referrals for Child Care and Parenting, Elder Care/Adults with Disabilities, Education, Health and Wellness, Daily Life, and Legal/Financial. Many NYS executive branch employees have used the service and here's what they have to say…
“I was very surprised and impressed by the info provided and have recommended NYS-Balance to others. I was impressed with the amount of detail in the information I requested.”
“I learned a lot following the various webinar/seminars that NYS-Balance gave.”
“I am very surprised by the helpfulness of the staff and the information they provided. I don’t think other state workers know how helpful this benefit is!”
NYS-Ride allows eligible state employees to pay up to $130 per month for certain work-related transportation expenses on a pre-tax basis. More than 8,000 participants who use public transportation to get to work currently enjoy the savings this program provides, while contributing to a greener environment by reducing carbon emissions, greenhouse gasses, and dependence on foreign oil.
The NYS-Ride website provides employees with quick and easy access to all the information they would need to learn about the program, calculate their savings and impact on the environment, enroll in NYS-Ride, make changes to their elections, or view their accounts. Please visit the website at www.nysride.com.
Funding is provided by the negotiated agreements between the State of New York and CSEA, PEF, UUP, GSEU, DC-37, Council 82, and NYSCOPBA, and by the NYS Governor's Office of Employee Relations for employees designated M/C.
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