Message from the Director
Another hectic year is winding down and the holiday season is upon us. Many changes are occurring in our lives at what seems to be an ever-increasing rate. Leadership and programs throughout the U of I system are changing. Salary increase programs are non-existent for most of us. The economy is getting stronger?? All of these changes and many more are causing stress. Couple these stressors with the stress of the holidays, and it is easy to understand how someone could be totally overwhelmed.
Stress can have physical, emotional and mental ramifications. Some of the symptoms are back pain, fatigue, heartburn, shortness of breath, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, high blood pressure and weight loss or gain.There are steps we can take to reduce our stress level. They include exercise, meditation, relaxation, social interaction and relationships, sleep, humor and self care.
We have a great tool available to us through the Magellan Health Services Program. See what Magellan has to say about stress and much more.
Human Resources is also offering a workshop on stress, and seats are still available. See details below.
Surviving Stress: How to Reduce and Manage Personal & Workplace Stress - December 8
Join us on December 8 as trainer Pam Schnake guides participants in developing specific personal objectives for managing stress more effectively. This interactive workshop runs from 9 am to 3 pm and is free to registered employees. Register now for Surviving Stress.
Employee Holiday Party December 17
A wonderful selection of hors d'oeuvres, live background music, and a sampling of homemade goodies will be featured at this year's Employee Holiday Party, Friday, December 17, 3 pm - 5 pm in the Sangamon Auditorium Lobby. Cash bar.
Register to attend the party by December 10. Release time is required for this event.
Taking a Class This Spring?
Insurance Exemption Deadline February 10
If you're registering as a new student for an on-campus class and already have insurance coverage as a UIS employee, you must complete a Petition for Exemption by the February 10, 2011 deadline to avoid being charged for student insurance. Once approved, petitions remain on file indefinitely.
Questions? Contact Ceitha Steele, firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-6670.