Wellness and Self Care

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When you work as hard as you do, taking care of yourself is most likely the last item on your to-do list.  At Harvard, you have access to a wide range of programs that support your well-being.

Fitness Benefits

BodyScapes:  Harvard Medical School has a partnership with BodyScapes in the New Research Building, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur.  HMS/HSDM paid faculty, staff and postdocs receive a discounted rate.  Your membership allows you to workout in any location including Brookline! 

Health Insurance Plans - Membership Benefits

You may be eligible for an additional $150 fitness reimbursement from your health care provider. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC) and Harvard University Group Health Plan (HUGHP) both offer a $150 fitness reimbursement to enrolled staff who have been a member of a qualifying health club for at least four consecutive months. To learn more, visit the HUGHP and HPHC websites.

Healthy Harvard

Managing stress effectively and maintaining psychological resilience are key components of a balanced life. As a Harvard University faculty or staff member you have access to a variety of health and wellness resources that can help you stay positive and healthy year-round.  HARVie has resources listed in areas of physical activity, massage and acupuncture, mindfulness meditation, social supports, healthy eating and rest, spirituality, and personal finances. 

Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers free, confidential help for all Harvard paid faculty, staff, and postdocs and their household members. You can reach the EAP at 877-327-4278 any day, at any time for counseling, online resources, webinars and seminars to help with any personal, family, or work-related issue including information on writing a Will; preventative measures for Cancer, Stress, or Heart disease; smoking and tobacco cessation; seeking Child Care or Elder Care Housing; or investing to name a few. You and any member of your household can call the EAP for confidential consultation and referrals to experts near work or home.

Family Medical Leave and Flexible Work Arrangements

Harvard offers Family Medical Leave benefits for when one is faced with caring for yourself or a dependent.  Our leave of absence administrator will provide you with customized plans based on your employment and situation.  The Work/Life program manager can help you think through flexible workplace arrangements that will help meet your department needs with the schedule you are proposing. Managers and supervisors are not obligated to grant requests, and some units and jobs may not be suited to flexible schedules. Please contact your HR Consultant to talk through potential options that best meet your personal and department needs for the particular job you are currently in.

Violence At Home Or At Work

If you feel as though you are in danger there are professionals who can help you.

  • At work:  Harvard University Police Department (HUPD):  617-495-1212
  • At work:  Your HR Consultant: 617-432-2035
  • At home:  Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP):  1-877-327-4278
  • Educational Seminars  and other resources to gain skills and knowledge when involved with employees who are troubled or stressed.
Cancer Awareness

Cancer Diagnosis has an impact at home and at work no matter if you or a family member receives a diagnosis.  There are many resources to support individuals at any stage from preventative screenings through diagnosis and treatments.

Benefits Open Enrollment for 2015

 

Harvard’s annual benefits Open Enrollment for 2015 will take place in PeopleSoft starting at 8 a.m. on November 5, 2014 through 8 p.m. on November 19, 2014. Benefit elections you make during Open Enrollment will be effective January 1, 2015.

 

For Faculty, post docs, administrative and professional staff and other non-union staff members Harvard has announced several health plan changes. You can read more about the 2015 Benefits changes here.

 

To get much more out of the upcoming information sessions and the “big” Open Enrollment Guide, watch this informative video and take the self-assessment to hone in on the benefits options that might be right for you.  It only takes 8-10 minutes and is available here.

 

Educational sessions will be held on the Harvard Longwood Campus and at the Primate Center, as well as WebEx sessions to cover the 2015 non-union benefit plan changes only.

 

For Union Members Open Enrollment highlights can be found here.