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Faculty and Staff 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:

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:

 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

Health and 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: Yoga by adriene

Yoga by Adriene has over 8 million users and provides a stress-free easy way to learn yoga at home.  You can subscribe to her YouTube channel at no cost and choose from dozens of videos.  Enjoy watching her interview correspondent Today Show, Harry Smith as he starts a 30 day yoga challenge.  We are all looking for ways to relax and de-stress during this pandemic.  Here’s wishing you find your inner peace.  Source: YouTube


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


*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


A series of twelve 2 minute videos of questions and answers from TIAA experts about your money and COVID-19.  Source: YouTube


Halfway There: A retirement checkpoint  - May 11 at 12 p.m. (ET)

You can give yourself a mid-career financial checkup to evaluate your current savings, formulate a plan to help pursue your savings goals and manage competing financial priorities. 

Paycheck for life - May 11 at 3 p.m. (ET)

You’ve worked hard to save for retirement. TIAA can help you understand how to create a plan that protects you against key retirement risks as well as helps build a diversified retirement income plan.

Responsible Investing: Portfolios with purpose - May 12 at 12 p.m. (ET)

Make an impact with a social choice. Did you know that responsible investing enables investors to align their social and environmental principals with their financial goals? Learn the factors that make an investment socially responsible, the history of RI and ways for individuals to incorporate RI into their investment strategy.  

Money at Work 2: Sharpening investment skills - May 12 at 3 p.m. (ET)

Feel more secure in your savings strategy by verifying you’re on the right track. And if you’re off track, know what adjustments you need to make. Learn how to plan your investments and hold on to as much of your nest egg as possible.

The 411 on 529 college savings plans - May 13 at 12 p.m. (ET)

You can learn how 529 college savings plans work and how to invest in one for a child, grandchild, yourself or other loved one.

Health savings accounts as a nest egg - May 13 at 3 p.m. (ET)

You may know about the tax advantages of contributing to a Health Savings Account (HSA), but did you know that HSAs are also a way to save for healthcare expenses in retirement? During this discussion, we’ll go through how HSAs can help you in your journey toward financial wellness.

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