The UHR Employee Benefits team has been hard at work pivoting to meet the needs of OSU employees during the past quarter, resulting in some great outcomes including these:
Convenient appointment system
In October, the team adopted Microsoft Bookings to better accommodate the benefits consultation needs of OSU employees regarding health benefits, retirement, protected leave and work-life balance. Employees can now use the HR website to make individual appointments with the benefits team expert you need to consult with.
2020 Virtual Benefits Fair
Associate Director of Employee Benefits Bonny Ray organized a virtual Benefits Fair and shared the content with the benefits administrators of all seven Oregon public universities to post on their websites the week of October 5, 2020. The other universities were coping with furlough and turnover in their HR teams, so this was a tangible way for OSU to support professional colleagues to the benefit of all higher-ed employees in the state.
The Virtual Benefits Fair included over 25 webinars, new benefit year plan information, door prizes and appointment times for employees to interact with over 30 benefit vendors. OSU’s Virtual Benefits page had 888 visits and the webinar page had 679 visits. OSU hosted many of the webinars that happened during that week, including PERS trainings attended by 300 employees and Protected Leave training for both employees and supervisors on protected leave expansions.
Beyond Benefits—new employee assistance program
UHR Employee Benefits is assessing OSU’s first quarter with our new employee assistance program (EAP), launched in July—Beyond Benefits. The new provider offers monthly workshops to OSU employees, with an verage of 150 employees attending on relevant topics such as Mindfulness and Coping with Uncertain Times. From July 1, 2020 to September 30, 2020, 997 total services were provided by the new EAP to employees, including live access of services through phone calls and online access through the employee portal.
Beyond Benefits EAP is hosting a December workshop (details below); interested employees can register here.
Beyond Benefits EAP Presents Managing Holiday Stress
December 2, 2020 at 11 a.m.
Welcome to the holiday season – that whirlwind of gift-giving holidays, marketing blitzes, parties and family dinners and activities galore starting with Halloween, through Thanksgiving, Hanukah and Christmas and ends with New Year’s festivities. While this season is meant to bring feelings of love and cheer, it’s also a harbinger of lots of stress. And this year, in particular, adds its own element of celebrating during a pandemic.
Workshop Objectives: Discuss some ways to manage your emotions and expectations
Hear some suggestions for shopping and finances
Learn about new travel considerations during this time
Understand the importance of self-care during the holiday season
Consider some new traditions that can make this holiday season a wonderful time