A new school year can present new challenges. To better manage them, how about a back-to-school benefits refresher? Read about Joanna, an employee who is going through a lot at the moment. You may discover relevant benefits tips to support you and your dependents during this busy time of year.
Joanna’s Challenge: A Change in Routine
For Joanna, the new academic year has brought many challenges. She had her first child one year ago and is coming back from maternity leave. As with many first-time parents, Joanna feels overwhelmed at work, is experiencing separation anxiety from her child, and struggles with balancing new expenses. She wonders if there is a way to better navigate her new routine.
How EFAP can help Joanna better manage her stress:
Joanna can sign up for Stress Coach Connects through Moreau Shepell, UBC’s Employee & Family Assistance (EFAP) provider. This interactive online program helps employees and their dependent family members assess, understand and manage stress. It provides effective tools such as 24/7 support via online chat; progress, mood and stress level tracking; goal setting; and thoughtful journaling.
She can also book a counselling appointment. EFAP offers confidential, short-term and solution-focused one-on-one counselling for a variety of work, health and life challenges, which is delivered through various channels – phone, in person, email, secure video chat, and more.
How EFAP can support Joanna to organize her finances:
Joanna can access professional financial advice through free confidential consultations over the phone or through EFAP’s Online Financial Planning Service. To get started, she can call the Care Access Centre at 1-800-387-4765 to book a consultation.
Morneau Shepell’s online resource hub can also support Joanna with articles on financial security, (e.g. debt management, budgeting, investing and retirement planning. (Note: Please enter “University of British Columbia” as your organization to access these articles.)
How UBC can support Joanna’s return:
In addition to designated breastfeeding-friendly spaces on campus, UBC departments and units can also play a part in supporting new parents like Joanna. Visit the Breastfeeding-friendly Spaces page to find support, resources and guidelines for establishing these spaces within your workplace.
For more information
If your situation is similar to Joanna’s, visit the Workplace Wellbeing & Benefits website to learn more about important life events, or refresh what you know about your benefits details and claim forms.
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