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Loggers Keep Learning: At Work

The University of Puget Sound is committed to providing our campus community members with opportunities to learn, cope and continually grow in the midst of COVID-19.  Human Resources has compiled a variety of resources to assist you.

Campus Wide Training

COVID-19 Return to Work Training

Working from Home

Our lives have changed over the last month or so and the new normal is now likely challenging and not without some new forms of stress.  Whether you’re working from a furnished home office, kitchen table, couch or coffee table, here are some resources and practical actions you can implement right away.

Article: 4 Tips for Keeping Your Newly Remote Team Engaged 

Here are four strategies managers can employ to keep team members engaged and supported in the coming weeks. Source: CUPA-HR

Article: How to work from home with kids (without losing it)

While most parents have worked from home with their kids for the occasional sick day or weather-related school closure, the prospect of doing so for weeks on end amid long-term school closures is especially daunting. This article provides helpful tips on making it as successful as possible. Source: CNN

Article: 5 Tips for Making Virtual Meetings Relaxed (and Engaging)

Good tips that you can implement right away for making virtual meetings as engaging and comfortable as possible. Source: Toolbox.com

Article: The EQ Effect:  Leveraging Emotional Intelligence in Communication

Developing emotional intelligence can help anyone deepen engagement with colleagues and build strong professional relationships, and the rewards are even greater for leaders and managers of an organization. Source: Educause.edu

 Website: Headspace

Headspace a healthcare company that specializes in meditation, has pulled together a free collection of resources to help guide you and support your team through the stress and anxiety of the current global crisis.

 Webinar: Remote Teams:  Top Five Challenges and Solutions for Team Success During COVID-19

This webinar discusses five key areas to consider when approaching how to best manage your newly remote team. Source: HERConnect

Wellness

Taking care of yourself, your colleagues, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress and anxiety in uncertain times. Helping others cope can also make our campus community stronger. 

Website: Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Our EAP offers many On Demand trainings, in 5-10 minute modules, that include fun, interactive features, and help you build practical skills to deal with real-life challenges. User name = LFGsupport; password = LFGsupport1.

Once you’re logged into the site select More>On-Demand Trainings>Wellness from the search drop down box.  Here are some available modules:

  • Connecting Mind & Body for Healthy Living (Podcast)

In this module, you will learn ways to harness the mind-body connection to improve many aspects of your life.

  • Coping with a Crisis or Traumatic Event (Podcast)

This training will help you understand what to expect as you react to a crisis, and will suggest tools to help you through it.

  • Laughter, Humor & Play To Reduce Stress & Solve Problems (Podcast)

You don’t have to be a professional comedian to use humor to lower stress levels. This training offers practical ways to incorporate humor and play into everyday situations.

Video: 5 Ways to Manage Coronavirus Anxiety - COVID-19

Dr. Tracey Marks MD, Psychiatrist discusses ways to deal with the anxiety and panic that comes from the spread of COVID-19. Source: YouTube, Dr. Tracey Marks, MD

Video: 10 min Morning Yoga Stretch For Beginners 

This 10 minute morning yoga class is a simple full body deep stretch for beginners! Source: YouTube

ARTICLE: 26 THINGS TO DO AT HOME WITH KIDS DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

As parents, we’re usually prepared for the occasional snow day and summer breaks, with childcare and camps rearranged in advance. But the indefinite closure of schools and non-essential businesses is causing some stress among parents.

Explore this list of the best ways to ease the stress and chaos that comes with social distancing.  Source:  Family Vacation Critic

ARTICLE:  30 IDEAS TO ENTERTAIN YOURSELF DURING SOCIAL DISTANCING

*Disclaimer – This resource is geared toward a Canadian audience however, all of us can benefit from these great options.*

Social distancing is incredibly important as we try to limit the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. But that does mean we’ll all be spending a lot of time at home. It’s easy to get bored and feel lonely. To combat boredom and keep yourself entertained and happy, check out this list of ideas and activities. Source:  Brain Injury Canada 

Financial Wellness

Website: TIAA Retirement and Financial Resources

Are you concerned about your retirement during this turbulent time? TIAA has gathered resources to help keep you on track with your goals and financial wellness.

Webinars:  2020 Investment Outlook – Post Coronavirus Recovery - Tuesday, August 11 at 1 pm (PST)

Join us for a special webinar during which Robert C. Doll, Nuveen Senior Portfolio Manager and Chief Equity Strategist, discusses how the corona-virus health crisis has effected the investment landscape and economic recovery. Doll’s comprehensive insights into the trends and issues he believes are positioned to meaningfully shape the economy and markets have served as a thoughtful guide to investors as they work to build strong long-term investment portfolios.

2020 Investment Outlook Post Coronavirus Recovery

Retiring In the New Normal – August 12 at 1 pm (PST)

Know how important it is to save for retirement. This presentation brings all of the risks to light so you have a better understanding of what you may be facing and what you can do about it, especially in this new environment. Namely, shifting your strategy from just growing your money to protecting what you’ve saved as it grows. And for those still working, we’ll talk about protecting your income in retirement, by creating a personal pension to help cover essential expenses and next steps you can take to help protect your retirement future.

Retiring In The New Normal

Financial Housekeeping for Now and Later - August 13 at 10 pm (PST)

For many, the current health crisis has resulted in unique financial challenges. From dealing with reduced income to trying to figure out what to do with money you usually spend on gas or a vacation, this webinar will explore ways to help deal with a new personal financial landscape.

Financial Housekeeping for Now And Later

Additional Resources

Ted Talks - https://www.ted.com/talks