Dear GW Community,
As summer winds down and we kick off the 2023 fall semester, we are excited to see many familiar faces back on campus and welcome new faces to our community. In this month's edition of GWell, we share helpful resources to support your overall health and well-being and invite you to join our Well-being Wednesday and Financial Well-being events.
In addition, you will find information on how to create or modify your will, details regarding the new Talkspace Televideo feature available through the GW EAP, an opportunity to refresh your benefit knowledge as well as reminders for updating your work location and using any remaining annual time carryover. Don’t forget to check out opportunities to connect 1:1 with our benefit vendor partners.
If you have questions about any of the benefits featured in GWell or other benefits programs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Human Resource Management and Development
Join our Well-Being Campaigns!
Well-being Wednesdays* provide employees opportunities to improve and maintain a healthy lifestyle both at work and at home. Engage with the four pillars of well-being including financial, emotional, physical, and social as we continue to build our community of well-being.
Grab your GW financial passport and join us on our journey toward improved financial well-being. Explore the following locations* including managing money, building resilience, growing wealth, and protecting wealth to reach a more healthy and secure financial destination.
Relax and Rejuvenate With A Complimentary Office Massage
Faculty and staff can enjoy free seated massages at Foggy Bottom and Virginia Science and Technology campuses on a first come, first served basis. Select your spot below.
Get to Know Your Benefit Resources
New EAP Enhancement! Talkspace Televideo
Talkspace available through the GW Employee Assistance Program is an online therapy platform that makes it easy and convenient to connect with a licensed behavioral therapist — from just about anywhere, at any time. Beginning this month, Talkspace has rolled out a televideo option that provides an expanded digital offering to employees and their eligible family members. You can now also change your choice of modality (message-based text, audio or video, live tele-video, live telephonic, live chat) from session to session.
Benefits Orientation - Something for Everyone!
Benefits Orientation offers something for new and longtime GW employees alike. Tune in to meet our new hires and to learn information about your current university benefit offerings including medical, dental, vision, life and disability coverage, retirement plans, plus other well-being perks and voluntary benefits. Whether joining for the first time or for a benefits refresher, the presenter will be available to answer any questions.
You can access the webinar every Wednesday at 1pm ET or on demand.
National Make A Will Month
Preventive care can help support your health and help you prevent or avoid illness. Besides annual check-ups, preventive care also includes immunizations and screenings such as eye exams. It’s different than diagnostic care, which focuses on treating symptoms and risk factors.
Ready to schedule your next appointment? Make sure to choose a network provider. GW's medical plans are designated under Choice Plus. You’ll usually pay $0 out-of-pocket for covered exams.
As a benefits-eligible employee, you are automatically enrolled in Health Advocate at no cost. Through this program, employees can confidentially message personal health advocates familiar with your GW benefits package. Advocates can provide answers to questions spanning a wide range of topics including but not limited to explaining medical conditions, finding treatments, locating doctors, and resolving claims and billing issues.
Try out their services by August 31st and enter to win a Fit Bit Charge 5! Please note the value of winnings is taxable and will be included in employee’s payroll.
Final call to use your annual time carryover by August 31st! Taking time off is a great way to rest and recharge, spend time visiting with family and friends, or even prioritize those home projects you may have been putting off throughout the year.
We encourage you to check your time off balance and view the time off and leave policy. Any annual time carryover must be used by August 31, 2023, so make sure to discuss your remaining time off with your manager for submission and approval by the deadline. Employees can view our time off tips and reminders for additional assistance.
Review/Update Your Fall Semester Work Location
As we approach the start of the Fall 2023 semester, please ensure your work location address is up to date in GWeb. Work location is the physical location where you work more than 50% of the time. A correct work location address guarantees that you are eligible for applicable benefits in the state where you work.
Follow these step-by-step instructions and FAQs to help review and update your work address. If you have recently moved states, please remember to also update your tax withholding forms.
Meet with GW’s UnitedHealthcare representative, Jessica Wachter, to review outstanding claims and/or ask questions about your medical coverage. She will reach out prior to your appointment to provide a virtual meeting link.
Schedule appointments* via YouCanBook.me.
*For future appointments, please use the arrows in the upper right corner to scroll to the next month.
TIAA & Fidelity Retirement Counseling
Retirement plan participants can schedule financial counseling by appointment with TIAA or Fidelity. To book an appointment, call your preferred provider or use the online booking systems listed below:
Fidelity Investments - Make an appointment online or call 800-642-7131.
TIAA - Make an appointment online or call 866-843-5640.
Don't Miss These Upcoming Benefits Webinar
Mark Your Calendar and Check Back Often!
Did you know we have a GW Benefits events webpage? Be sure to check it out throughout the month as additional opportunities will be added!
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