Return to Campus — IU Employee Well-Being Resources

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As IU transitions back to mostly normal operations for the Fall 2021 semester, resources are available for employees’ mental and physical health, well-being, and safety. Register for live webinars, take advantage of on-demand webinars or LinkedIn Learning courses, and find resources like nutrition counseling and websites with information to help with the transition.

For the latest IU health and safety guidance, visit covid.iu.edu.

The information below will be updated as new resources arise.

  • Workplace Health and Safety

    • Talking about Mental Health: Mental Health in the Workplace (Live Webinar): Tuesday, June 6. While emotional distress is not always a sign of mental illness, it can still take a major toll on employee wellbeing. Fortunately, employees and organizations can take steps to create a supportive environment.
    • Ask Aaron: Each week, students, faculty and staff from every IU campus can have their COVID-19-related questions answered by an expert, Aaron Carroll, M.D., M.S., Professor of Pediatrics, and one of the leaders of IU’s COVID-19 response team.
    • covid.iu.edu: Information about mitigation testing, COVID-19 vaccines, contact tracing, health & safety guidelines, and more.   
  • Personal Well-Being During Times of Change

    • Self-Compassion (Live Webinar): Wednesday, July 7. Research shows that people who adopt self-compassion practices have less depression and anxiety and are more likely to experience positive mind states like happiness and life satisfaction. This session will explore what self-compassion means and offer some simple ways to offer it to yourself.
    • The New Normal: Life After COVID-19 (Live Webinar): Tuesday, July 27. We all know that life won’t be quite the same after the COVID-19 pandemic. In this seminar, we will use lessons we’ve learned from past crises to prepare for the post-pandemic world.
    • Shifting Your Mindset: Maintaining Healthy Habits (Live Webinar): Thursday, August 5. Science tells us that if you think differently, you'll act differently. During this webinar we will walk you through how a helpful mindset is important to overall wellness and sustaining behavior changes.
    • The Importance of Empathy (On-Demand Webinar): Kelsey Crowe offers resilience building strategies and takes us through a vigorous “empathy workout” that will help you learn how to support the people you care about most.
    • Grief & Loss During Times of Uncertainty (On-Demand Webinar): This year has exposed us all to a myriad of losses, large and small. This session will discuss these topics, the impact grief can have on our lives and our well-being, and possible ways to cope.
    • Virtual One-on-One Nutrition Counseling: Steven Lalevich, our wonderful registered dietitian (RD) can help you develop a plan to achieve your health goals. Sessions include personalized nutrition education on any topic of interest, including weight loss, heart-healthy eating, digestive health, and more.
    • Healthy IU Wellness Resources: Learn more about physical activity, sleep, mental well-being, and more.
  • Parenting and Caregiving

    • Mentally and Emotionally Preparing Parents and Kids for the New School Year (Live Webinar): Thursday, July 22. Psychologist and IU East Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Beth Trammell shares strategies to help get both you and your child prepared for the upcoming school year.
    • Caught in the Middle: How to Cope as a Sandwich Generation Caregiver (Live Webinar): Tuesday, August 3. Are you juggling the care of your parents and kids while trying to focus on your job too? Don’t miss this lively and dynamic webinar in which you will learn important caregiving strategies and find ways to take care of yourself too.
    • Body, Mind, Soul: Build a Caregiver Wellness Plan (On-Demand Webinar): Led by corporate gerontologist and caregiving author Sherri Snelling, this webinar provides seven simple, quick ways that caregivers can achieve optimal wellness
    • Caregiver Technology: Gadgets, Apps, and More (On-Demand Webinar): There is a wealth of technology products and services available to help caregivers care for aging loved ones. Take a tech tour to see what products, apps, and gadgets are available, where to find them, and how much they cost.
    • Care Resource Center: Access archived webinars and podcasts on a variety of parenting, caregiving, and wellness topics from IU partner Care.com.
  • Navigating Change in the Workplace

    • Having Difficult Conversations: Return to Campus (Live Webinar): June 16. As employees return to work in their offices or prepare for the fall semester, some may need to have conversations with their leaders around alternative or flexible work schedules and the work expectations related to those schedules. This session will address tips and strategies necessary for having those conversations. Session hosted by IU HR Talent and Organizational Development
    • Change and Transitions (Live Webinar): Thursday, June 24. Today, our ability to manage the actual changes and the mental transition that occur during change is a core competency for effectiveness. This session will focus on our options for navigating change, the three facets of change transition, and strategies to best navigate continuous change. Session hosted by IU HR Talent and Organizational Development
    • Prioritize Your Employee Engagement and Personal Wellbeing (Live Webinar): Thursday, July 15. For many employees, the last year has created a new blurring of home and work, personal and professional. In this session you will learn about employee engagement and personal wellbeing and how they are connected, why they matter to performance, teams and organizations and what we can do as individuals and colleagues to help ourselves and others prioritize their engagement and wellbeing. Session hosted by IU HR Talent and Organizational Development
    • Having Difficult Conversations (LinkedIn Learning Course): Conflict is inevitable—in work and in life. In this course, Marlene Chism explains how to have difficult conversations, build your communication skills, and improve your relationships, teamwork, and business performance.
    • Managing Anxiety in the Workplace (LinkedIn Learning Course): We all get anxious at times. But what do you do when anxiety is disrupting your job? This course provides resources to help you manage your anxiety and be more effective and successful at work.
    • Enhance Productivity in a Hybrid Work Environment (LinkedIn Learning Course): Learn how to revamp your productivity style to help you stay on task when switching between locations. Discover how to rethink your physical spaces so that they are mirrored at home and at work, as well as how to prepare both your regular and home office for productivity whenever you're working there.
  • Tools for People Leaders

    • People Leaders: How to Navigate the Return to Normal Operations (Live Webinar): Tuesday, July 20. This session will focus on how you as a leader can have productive conversations, better understand employee needs, address potential conflict and support your team members as IU employees re-emerge from working in a pandemic to meet a new normal in the workplace. Session hosted by IU HR Talent and Organizational Development
    • How to Support Your Employees’ Well-Being (LinkedIn Learning Course): When your employees are struggling with burnout, stress, work-life imbalance, and other life challenges that may impact their performance and productivity, how can you support them? In this course, UK-based instructor Amy Brann provides specific tools based on brain science to help you be a source of strength and support for your employees.
    • Daniel Pink on Motivation (LinkedIn Learning Course): The central task of leaders and managers is to help their people perform at their best and contribute the most. In this course, join #1 New York Times best-selling author Daniel Pink as he shares science-backed methods for effectively motivating others. 
    • Having Difficult Conversations: A Guide for Managers (LinkedIn Learning Course): While inevitable, difficult conversations can be one of the most challenging parts of a manager’s job. In this course, instructor Marlene Chism walks you through how to minimize emotional upset and conduct challenging conversations to achieve the best outcome for all parties. 
    • Planning for Your Hybrid Organization (LinkedIn Learning Course): Chances are that some type of hybrid work model is in your future—but what will it look like and how will you get there? In this course, instructor Kevin Eikenberry outlines six different hybrid work models and shows you how to determine which type of remote work model will be best for you.

Questions? Visit the Healthy IU contact page.