Wellness and Benefits Corner

March 18, 2019 - 9:00pm

Creating a Healthy Workplace

By Dana Swarts, Employee Benefits Coordinator

The April edition of Life Lines from Homewood Health is all about Creating a Healthy Workplace, which includes information and strategies on how we, as employees can contribute to the creation of a healthy work environment. The article explains how reducing and managing stress, staying active, and being part of an inclusive and diverse workplace contribute to creating a healthy workplace.

Explore Homeweb for more articles regarding reducing work stress, and mental wellness at work, and work-life balance.

Remember that all VIU employees have access to the following 3 hour training provided jointly by Homewood Health and Manulife through Workplace Solutions for Mental Health. Originally offered to managers, the program is also being offered to all employees to help raise awareness and reduce stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness. 

To register, you will need our plan contract number (83719) and your Employee ID/Certificate Number, which is your employee number without the first zero(s).

Benefits Tip:

Use the Manulife Plan Member Site to submit extended health and dental claims and receive your reimbursement faster than if you submit the claim with a paper form. It’s pretty straightforward – just follow the steps, and the site will prompt you along the way.

Mindfulness Challenge Available All Year

The 30- and 40-day Mindfulness Challenge by Mindwell U, which was launched for VIU employees during Thrive Week in October, is available for a full year. Even if you did not sign up in the fall, you are welcome to start any time. If you did the challenge, you can revisit it whenever you like. Go to the website for more details. 

What is it?

It is online training that takes just five minutes a day and invites you to bring more mindfulness into your day. Participants of the program have reported that it helped them reduce stress and build resilience, allowing them to become calmer, present and more focused, which lead to a happier, healthier work environment. If you have any questions, please email challenge@mindwellu.com

Employee Perks

Want to know what perks are available to you as a VIU employee? Now there is a section on the Human Resources web pages with all the information you need about our perks.

Go employees.viu.ca, click on Human Resources. Then choose the Menu button on the upper right of the screen. Scroll down to  Resources for Employees, fill out the login credentials and choose Employee Perks. 

Check it out here


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