Well-being Resources for Thriving in Times of Change

June 7, 2021

We all recognize that change is constant – both planned and unplanned.

As part of Penn’s commitment to improving the well-being of its staff and faculty members, Human Resources fosters a culture of care and support as the University continues to respond to the ongoing effects of COVID-19 and move forward as a community.

Many staff and faculty have had a closer look into the work-life of our colleagues. Based on these experiences and an evolving work-life perspective, we can adapt our work and leadership practices and processes.

"When faculty and staff are dealing with personal or workplace changes, Penn's system of support - including the Employee Assistance program and MindWell at Penn well-being resources - is prepared and available, " says Jack Heuer, Vice President, Division of Human Resources.

For more information, read Leadership in action for Mental Health Awareness Month in Penn Today. 

On this page, you will find available resources to create a positive work-experience, reduce stress, and help you stay well and find harmony personally and professionally.

Virtual Events

  • Penn Wellness and Work-life Upcoming Virtual Events - Join us for virtual opportunities to enhance your well-being, including workshops and classes on health, fitness, stress management, financial wellness, and work-life balance topics.

  • Virtual Nutrition Counseling Appointments with Corporate Wellness Nutrition (formerly Family Food) - Penn’s nutrition counseling partner, Corporate Wellness Nutrition (formerly known as Family Food) is offering virtual appointments. Receive the same guidance from a trusted Registered Dietician by contacting myRD@wcusa.com to schedule an appointment. 

Support for Wellness and Overall Health

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) powered by Health Advocate - Provides eligible faculty and staff, and their families, access to free, confidential, 24/7 counseling and referral services for personal and professional life issues from any location. Call 1-866-799-2329 for assistance. 

  • Care.com - Through Care.com, you can have temporary backup care in your home, at an out-of-town work location, or at an adult relative’s residence day or night, seven days a week, including holidays. Care.com puts you in touch with professionals who meet your family’s specific needs and expectations. 

  • Virgin Pulse - Stay healthy and stay connected with Penn's wellness platform partner. Virgin Pulse offers an exciting array of well-being options and resources to focus on your health and optimize your  Be in the Know experience. Use the Virgin Pulse mobile app for wellness activities and resources on the go.   
  • Be in the Know - Whether you want to focus on a health goal, participate in well-being challenges with your colleagues, or simply strive to feel your best, Penn's Be in the Know wellness campaign is here to support you. Through Penn's partnership with Virgin Pulse, staff and faculty can continue to engage in their health and earn up to $300 in rewards, choosing from exciting options available on the platform.
  • Penn's Health Plans and COVID-19 - Penn’s insurance carriers, Independence (Blue Cross), Aetna, CVS Caremark, Keystone (IBC), and Penn Medicine’s Connected Health Virtual Care Telemedicine Practice are committed to making sure that our participants receive appropriate access to vaccines, testing, and treatment.
  • Adult and Senior Care Solutions - This benefit provides eligible individuals with the support and guidance of experienced Senior Care Advisors who can assist employees and their families with senior care giving.

Courses, Training, Webinars

Flexible Work Options

There is tremendous value in bringing our staff, faculty, students, postdocs and alumni together on campus. It creates an environment that enriches our culture with new ideas, provides opportunities to collaborate, and allows us to continue learning from each other. We are continuing on a path to a more traditional campus experience, while also supporting the competing demands of work and life.  We have updated our flexible work guidelines and created the Off-Campus Work Expectations Policy.

    Ways to Stay Active

    Exercise doesn't have to take a back seat during these times of social distancing. Here are some no-cost virtual options for staying active.

    • Group Exercise-Penn Campus Recreation: Sign up for a free Summer 2021 membership to enjoy virtual fitness classes through August 6!
    • Human Resources sponsored fitness classes taught by Penn's Campus Recreation instructors: Check  the Events Registration page for available virtual fitness classes, held only for Penn's faculty and staff.

    Additional Resources to Support Well-being

    Stop, Breathe & Think Meditation and Mindfulness app - Helps kids, teens, and adults build emotional strength during a time of rising stress and worry. Download the app from the  Apple Store of Google Play.  Independence Blue Cross members can access it for free for 60 days.  Instructions are available here.  

    Take Time to Thrive: Easy Ways to Kick Start Your Mindfulness Practice , Virgin Pulse

    Staying focused by taking a mindfulness break, Health Advocate blog

    Six tips to stay calm, positive, and resilient in trying times, Penn Today

    Return to Campus Tips for Staff, Health Advocate

    Return to Campus Tips for Managers, Health Advocate