Workplace wellness, like individual wellness, will look different for everyone. At Work Life, we advocate for a progressive work environment with policies and programs to ensure a healthy and supportive workplace, while also emphasizing the importance and benefits of self care. We encourage employees to bring their whole selves to work and to participate in creating a culture that prioritizes flexibility, mental health, and work-life integration.
Caring for ourselves often falls to the bottom of our to-do lists, but workplace wellness starts with putting yourself and your health first. Self care can mean many things, whether it’s getting enough sleep, prioritizing some alone time each day, or finding ways to reset and recharge. At Work Life, we believe that a culture of self care is essential for establishing a healthy, thriving, and progressive university. Below, you’ll find several NYU and New York City resources dedicated to improving your mental well-being.
- Carebridge: The University's Employee Assistance Program is available for confidential counseling services. To consult with a Board-certified counselor 24/7, 365 days a year, call 800-437-0911.
- NYC Well App Library: NYC Well provides apps and online tools to help you manage your health and emotional wellbeing. You can even filter the apps to help you with specific needs like depression, anxiety, mindfulness, and substance abuse.
- Office of Mental Health Emotional Support Line: More than 6,000 Mental Health professionals have signed up to provide free online mental health services during COVID-19. You can call 1-844-863-9314 to schedule an appointment.
- Headspace Partnership with New York: The meditation app Headspace is giving New Yorkers free access to some of their movement, meditation, and sleep exercises.
Remote Work During COVID-19
While some faculty, administrators, and students will be returning to campus this fall, many employees will continue to work remotely. We recognize that current circumstances are not ideal, but for those with caregiving responsibilities or health concerns, remote work may be the best solution. Work Life encourages supervisors to speak with their teams to determine a plan that incorporates flexibility and accounts for the additional responsibilities that we are all navigating during the 2020-2021 academic year. Below, you’ll find our tips for working remotely and managing your team with a work-life lens, which emphasizes leading with compassion, empathy, and trust.