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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.

Work-Life Services Flyer
To view or print the Work-Life Services Flyer click here.
Work-Life Services Brochure
To view or print the Work-Life Services Brochure click here.

EAP: Holiday Season Self-care

The holiday season can be fun but demanding at times. To make this holiday season more joyful and fulfilling, here are some healthy ways to deal with stress.

  • Have realistic expectations
  • Plan and prioritize
  • Ask for help
  • Stay in the moment
  • Accept the things you cannot change
  • Eat healthy, exercise, and get enough sleep

For assistance with information, assessment or referrals during this holiday season or anytime, contact your NYS agency EAP coordinator Coordinator List or call 800-822-0244. Have a happy and healthy holiday season!

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:

  • Home energy bills
  • Energy crises
  • Weatherization and energy-related minor home repairs
  • 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

    Retirement Planning Videos

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    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.

    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: worklife@goer.ny.gov.

    "Parenthood, it's not a job. It's an adventure" – author unknown

    NYS-Ride

    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.

    WellNYS Everyday

    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

    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.

    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: worklife@goer.ny.gov and indicate the number of brochures needed and a mailing address.

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