As the University of Oregon makes plans for operating mostly in-person this fall, changes and transitions lay ahead for employees. Those who are currently working onsite will begin to sharing campus buildings and spaces with more people and many who are currently working remotely will shift back to onsite work. You may be excited, or even a little apprehensive, about our transition to fall. Your workday may not look the same as it did before, and there will likely be new procedures to follow. It will be an adjustment. Human Resources has assembled these resources to help make this next adjustment a bit easier.
Human Resources will periodically update and add new resources. Employees Support resources were last updated on September 1, 2021.
Wondering where to start?
HR suggests the following resources as a starting place. Then, explore the additional learning opportunities and reference materials as you can.
Prepare for Face Covering Requirement
Our return to mostly in-person instruction and operations brings with it important safety regulations for the workplace. Our commitment to safety in the era of COVID-19 – wearing a mask, keeping distance – help reduce the spread of the virus but can also impact your interactions with others. The following resources offer tips and insights for wearing a face covering while maintaining effective communication:
- 3 ways to get your point across while wearing a mask
- How to Build Rapport … While Wearing a Mask
- Breathing Exercises for Mask Wearers (LinkedIn Learning)
Prepare for the Reopening of UO Campuses
Our workplaces are not the same as they were prior to the pandemic. Tune in to this special series to learn how to navigate the emotional landscape of reopening, as well as develop a vision of a better future for yourself.
Communication Strategies to Build Trust During Uncertain Times Webinar - October 7 at noon
As we all navigate the constant stress and anxiety of the pandemic, including vaccination status, workplace reintegration, and burnout, it can impact individual working relationships and team morale. This webinar will focus on emotional coping skills as well as communication strategies to improve team cohesion and empathy during these times of distress and uncertainty. Objectives include:
- Learn effective communication strategies to help mitigate distrust by respecting ourselves and others.
- Learn coping skills to utilize when feeling emotionally triggered.
- Learn the different types of boundaries and how to set and maintain them.
- Learn about further resources (EAP and University).
Take Time for Your Mental Health
Each person will experience their own range of emotions as we move forward together. Take time to understand your emotions, learn techniques to regulate them, and prioritize your mental health every day.
Path to Fall Starts Now Video
As we make plans for operating mostly in-person this fall, changes and adjustments lay ahead for everyone. The anticipation of returning to close to normal operations may create a mix of feelings as you anticipate the future. This webinar for employees focuses on coping skills to help improve resilience. The strategies and resources provided by Cascade Centers, UO’s employee assistance provider, will help adjustments be a bit easier. Select the button on the right to watch the video and use the link to view the presentation slides.
Ask for help.
Be sure to take care of your health, including mental health, as your work environment begins to change or as you plan to return to the workplace. This is a stressful time and transitioning back to the workplace can add extra stress.
Benefits-eligible employees can get confidential one-on-one counseling and personalized assistance through Cascade Centers, the university's employee assistance program (EAP) provider. Your EAP is available to help you process these emotions and refocus. Additionally, your EAP can assist with locating various resources that may be helpful at this time, including childcare and mental health providers.
To connect with a Cascade Centers representative, call 800-433-2320, text 503-850-7721, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about Cascade Centers and explore additional resources through the member site at cascadecenters.com.
Other community resources include:
Explore additional resources.
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Caregivers Network (website)
The power of vulnerability | Brené Brown (Tedtalk)
Checking in with Susan David (podcast)
Coping with Reintegration (webinar)
Employee Assistance Program (website)
Managing Anxiety While Wearing a Mask (tip sheet)