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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. 12:11
To view or print the Work-Life Services Brochure click here.
2014 Flex Spending Account Claims Deadline Approaching
Employees enrolled in the Flex Spending Account (FSA) for the 2014 plan year have until March 31, 2015 to send in reimbursement requests for eligible 2014 expenses incurred under the Health Care Spending Account and the Dependent Care Advantage Account. FSA reimbursement requests may be mailed, faxed, or submitted online through www.myFBMC.com. For more information, log onto www.flexspend.ny.gov or call 1-800-358-7202.
EAP: Making Workplace Relationships Work!How are you at managing workplace relationships? Are they valuable resources or sources of irritation, frequent conflicts, or personality clashes? Here are six relationship skills that can help you be a happier, healthier, and more productive employee: investment skills, receptivity skills, connective skills, impression skills, empathy skills, and repair skills.
1) Investment skills build up or nurture workplace relationships. These can include telling others they did a good job, praising your co-workers, or including them in social events.
2) Receptivity skills include being a good listener, maintaining eye contact, asking for opinions, thanking co-workers for feedback, acknowledging that a co-worker helped save you time, energy, embarrassment, etc.
3) Connective skills include telling co-workers you appreciate them, encouraging co-workers, or honoring others' choices or deferring to what they want or would like to do.
4) Impression skills get you remembered. They are positive behaviors others typically don't practice. These can include sending a handwritten thank-you note, taking the lead to coordinate a birthday celebration, or sharing a skill or resource to elevate the effectiveness of a co-worker, even if you create your own competition.
5) Empathy skills include the ability to recognize others' emotions and identify unmet needs – need for a break, need for recognition, need for validation, need to be heard, or even need for a helping hand.
6) Repair skills include the willingness to discuss your relationship, clear the air, or "check in" to address misunderstandings and obstacles that prevent feeling good about the relationship.
Reprinted with Permission from WorkExcel
For more information, contact your EAP Coordinator.
Free NYS–Balance Resource Materials
Did you know a wide variety of free resource materials are 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.
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