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Work-Life Services (WLS) are five 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, Worksite Child Care Centers, Flex Spending Account, NYS-Ride, and Pre-Retirement Planning.
EAP: Positive Psychology
Psychology has traditionally focused on the study of unhealthy mental health conditions and how to treat them. In contrast, positive psychology examines how ordinary people can become happier and more fulfilled so they can flourish. Some topics in positive psychology are happiness and well-being, grit and self-control, resilience, creativity and imagination, and physical health. If learning about these areas interest you or if you want to learn new ways to enhance your life, go to Authentic Happiness.
For assistance with information, assessment or referrals to improve your wellbeing or for any other issue, contact your NYS agency EAP coordinator Coordinator List or call 800-822-0244.
A nonprofit credit counseling agency that helps consumers take control of their financial lives through credit counseling, debt consolidation, and financial education. Since 1991, they have been improving lives and providing solutions to people in need of financial help.
Their Debt Management Program can help you:
Call to speak with a certified credit counselor and receive a complimentary budget and debt consultation. To learn how to change your financial life, go to: http://www.consumercredit.com
or call 1-800-769-3571.
WellNYS Everyday is a Work-Life Services/Employee Assistance Program wellness initiative dedicated to educating, engaging, and empowering New York State employees and their families by encouraging participation in healthy behaviors. Every morning, a new WellNYS Tip of the Day, which can be emailed to employees and family members, is posted to the website. The tip provides creative suggestions, interesting facts, or inspiring quotes on the current Monthly Challenge. Click on the following website to learn more about the program. www.worklife.ny.gov/wellNYSeveryday
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a Federal program that helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs. They provide federally funded assistance in managing costs associated with:
LIHEAP can help people stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer through programs that reduce the risk of health and safety problems that arise from unsafe heating and cooling practices. For more information: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ocs/programs/liheap
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
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 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.
Do you take public transportation to and from work? NYS-Ride is a pre-tax benefit that will save you time and money on your commute. Enroll today and save up to 40% on your eligible expenses. Visit www.nysride.com to learn more.
Work-Life Services Brochure and Flyer
Help us spread the word about the five Work-Life Services (WLS) programs: Employee Assistance Program, Worksite Child Care Centers, Flex Spending Account, NYS-Ride, and Pre-Retirement Planning. You can print your own copy of the Work-Life Services brochure and flyer at the top of the WLS home page. If you would like multiple copies of the brochure, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate the number of brochures needed and a mailing address.
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 training for a minimum of 20 employees, you may contact the DIRECTIONS Seminar Program Manager at Beth.Brumaghim@goer.ny.gov or 518.473.4018.