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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.
Work-Life Services News
EAP: Seasonal Affective Disorder
…more than just the "winter blues"
Do you feel low on energy or more moody than usual? Have you noticed yourself withdrawing from people and losing interest in things you once enjoyed? If this sounds like something you experience in the late fall or winter each year, you might consider talking to your EAP coordinator about a referral for an evaluation for Seasonal Affective Disorder.
|What is it?||Seasonal Affective disorder is a type of depression that happens at the same time each year. It usually begins in the late fall when the amount of daylight decreases and continues into winter.
|Symptoms?||Along with the symptoms listed above, people with Seasonal Affective Disorder may experience depression, hopelessness, irritability, appetite changes, and oversleeping.
|Is it serious?||As with many types of depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder can lead to problems including substance abuse, trouble at school or work, and suicidal thoughts or behaviors.
For more information, or to locate an EAP coordinator:
The Flex Spending Account – Change in Status and New Employees
The FSA 2014 open enrollment period ended on November 8. New state employees hired on or after November 1 may enroll for the 2014 plan year by submitting a Change in Status application within 60 days of your hire date. Employees, who experience a valid Change in Status on or after November 9 or during the 2014 plan year, may be eligible to enroll by submitting a Change in Status application. Visit www.flexspend.ny.gov to review the 2014 Change in Status information to determine if your situation qualifies you to enroll during the plan year.
December NYS-Balance Webinar
The December 19 webinar titled, The Path to Inner Peace will be offered in two 30-minute webinars, at noon – 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. The webinar will explore self examination, as well as your personal and work environments. It will help you take steps down the path to inner peace.
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: email@example.com.
"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!”
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.
We are pleased to announce a new look for NYS-Ride, the popular benefit that allows state employees to pay up to $245 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 has been redesigned and updated to provide employees 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. The fresh new look is inviting as well as easy to navigate. Please visit the website at www.nysride.com.
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 22 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 new 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