March 2021

Approaching Life with Positivity

Our behavior often reflects our emotions. If a colleague has a shorter fuse than usual or has been bringing a poor attitude into the workplace, it is possible they are going through a difficult time. You never know what someone might be facing in their personal life. We cannot control the actions or attitude of others, but we can control how we react and treat them in turn. We can choose to treat others with kindness.

The year 2020 was associated with loss and challenging times for many, and the grief didn’t simply disappear when the clock struck midnight on January 1. Loss is something that binds us together as human beings, and grief is a part of life that all of us experience when we suffer loss. There is no right way to grieve and no ‘quick fix’, but there are ways that you can help yourself to come to terms with your loss. This March, Employee Wellness offerings will focus on addressing grief and approaching workplace interactions with kindness and positivity.

March Presentations

Learn strategies for creating and maintaining healthy habits straight from the experts. Browse our March webinars below. These sessions are open to all full and part time employees. For those participating in the wellness rewards program, each session is worth 10 Tier 2 points.

Financial Wellness: Social Security and Your Retirement 

March 2

9-10:30 am *

This seminar, presented by Sean Deasy, VALIC Senior Financial Advisor, will discuss the role of Social Security in retirement planning and the effect of the Windfall Elimination and Government Offset Provision as it relates to OPERS/STRS. The seminar will cover the costs associated with retirement and will help attendees calculate the amount of income they will need and how social security fits in to their overall retirement income plan.

*There will be a half-hour question and answer period following the one hour presentation.

Register to attend Social Security and Your Retrement

Positive Interactions & Respectful Communication

March 11

12-1 pm

During this webinar we will learn what is Respectful and what isn’t Respectful behavior and the motivations behind them. We will do some exercises to determine what is respectful behavior and then move into Communication Techniques and how to effectively conduct Conflict Negotiation. M(make time to discuss), E(explore differences), E(encourage respect) and T(take personal responsibility).

Presenter: Ria Dark

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Grief: It’s Complicated

March 18

9-10 am

Occasionally grievers get 'stuck' along the grief journey. This program focuses on the signs and symptoms of complicated grief, why it happens and how to help people continue to move through the process.

Presenter: Julia Ellifritt

Register to attend Grief: It's Complicated

Understanding Grief at Work

March 24

9-10 am

It is important to understand grief in the workplace because our jobs are a large part of our daily lives. It can be difficult to maintain productivity and concentration after only three days off for bereavement leave, often resulting in poor job performance. This program will help supervisors and colleagues better understand the needs of grieving employees.

Presenter: Pete Bliss

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Guided Book Discussion

"The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life" by Piero Ferrucci

Tuesday, March 16 and Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 12-1:30 pm

Join Dr. Amoaba Gooden, Interim VP of DEI, and Dr. Janice Byrd, Assistant Professor in the School of Lifespan Development and Educational Studies, as they facilitate a virtual discussion of the book, “The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life” by Piero Ferrucci. So that we can build community within the group and ensure an interactive and intimate experience, this series will be limited to 25 registrants.

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Mindful Mondays with Daron (Ongoing)

Mindful Mondays with Daron will offer a fresh new way to address grief, hone your kindness, and approach life with positivity. Taking a mindful pause helps us to slow down, assess a situation, and consciously choose how we act. It is also a valuable stress management tool. Join one of the most skillful and down to earth mindfulness coaches, Daron Larson, as he shares doable and liberating ways to practice mindfulness.

Click here to learn more and register for sessions.