Dear GW Community,
The wait is over, and we could not be more excited to announce the kickoff of our new Well-being Wednesdays starting this week! We want to bring well-being top of mind at GW now and into the future as it is proven in so many ways to benefit us in our social connectedness, health, longevity, and more. Find additional information about this new initiative below and plan to join us!
Also, this month we celebrate National Nutrition Month, recognize Women’s History Month, highlight important FSA deadlines, and share information about GW’s upcoming blood drive and tax clinic. Don’t forget to check out the reminders, events, and opportunities to connect 1:1 with our benefit vendor partners.
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Human Resource Management and Development
Introducing Well-Being Wednesdays
Well-being Wednesdays will provide employees opportunities to improve and maintain a healthy lifestyle both at work and at home. We invite you to join us each Wednesday as we explore and engage with the four pillars of well-being: financial, emotional, physical, and social.
Whether it’s incorporating meditation into your daily activities, reworking those weeknight recipes, building your parenting prowess or a stronger financial plan, we’ve got something for you. Take a look at this month’s offerings and stay tuned for more as we begin this journey. Together we can create a community of well-being.
For the month of March, the following events will be offered:
Emotional: Wednesday, March 8
On Demand I Headspace - Sleep Meditation
On Demand I EAP - International Womens Day Podcast
Social: Wednesday, March 15
11AM ET I Headspace - 10 Minute Trivia Break*
3PM ET I Bright Horizons - Raising an Inclusive Child
*Winner will be eligible to receive a Fitbit. Please note that the value of winnings is taxable and will be included in employee’s payroll.
Financial: Wednesday, March 22
11AM ET I UnitedHealthcare and Payflex - Maximizing Your HSP and HSA
12PM ET I TIAA - Charting Your Course: A Financial Guide for Women
Physical: Wednesday, March 29
12PM ET I Nutrition Basics and Healthy Cooking Demo
2PM ET I SimpleTherapy – 15 Minute Stretch Break*
*Attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a $50 Amazon gift card. Please note that the value of winnings is taxable and will be included in employee’s payroll.
Sneak peak into April's upcoming financial literacy themed well-being events...
Emotional: Wednesday, April 5
Headspace - Mindful Money Meditations
Fidelity - Are You Emotionally Ready for Retirement?
Women's History Month
This month we recognize Women's History to pay tribute to the trailblazing women who lead the way for change. Join Fidelity in celebrating Women’s History month by attending events in their month-long Women Talk Money series. The events will cover topics ranging from chatting about money, to careers, and ways to create more opportunities for employees to thrive. Some special guests including Jessica Alba and Venus Williams will be featured at events throughout the month sharing their stories, financial tips, and ways we can be role models for one another for generations of women to come.
Attention 2022 FSA participants! If you have eligible expenses you have not yet submitted to Payflex for 2022, you have until April 30, 2023 to do so. Please see the Filing a Claim with Payflex PDF and the applicable deadline information highlighted below.
- Health Care FSA members – your claims must be for eligible expenses incurred between January 1, 2022* and March 15, 2023.
- Dependent Day Care FSA members – your claims must be for eligible expenses incurred between January 1, 2022* and December 31, 2022.
Per IRS requirements, any funds remaining in your account on April 30 will be forfeited.
*If your effective date of coverage is after January 1, 2022, you can only submit claims for eligible expenses incurred on or after your effective date through the end dates listed above.
TODAY! GW Blood Drive
With the national blood shortage in mind, GWU Red Cross will be participating in the second annual NCGCR (National Capital & Greater Chesapeake Region) blood drive battle against other local colleges with hopes of reclaiming their first-place trophy and the title of the Blood Battle Winner. The drive is on Tuesday, March 7th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in the University Student Center Grand Ballroom. Visit the link here to schedule an appointment or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Paid Time Off Reminder
Taking Paid Time Off on a more regular basis is one way to finally have those extra few minutes to start that healthy regimen that has been on the back-burner. As a reminder, you have until June 30, 2023 to plan to use your time off.
We asked HR colleagues to share some of their favorite healthy recipes they discovered while taking some much-needed time away. If you are looking to mix up your meal plan, check out their recommendations. We would love to keep growing our GW kitchen, so tag us with your favorite healthy recipes on our Benefits Twitter page!
GW Tax Clinic
The George Washington University School of Business and School of Law students are helping the community with a free income tax return preparation clinic for those with adjusted gross income of $73,000 or less. The tax clinic is offered on a first come, first served basis both Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30am to 4:30pm through April 16th at Duquès Hall. For any questions, please reach out to email@example.com.
Relax and Rejuvenate - Free Employee Seated Massages!
Faculty and staff can enjoy free seated massages at Foggy Bottom and Virginia Science and Technology campuses this spring!
Foggy Bottom - University Student Center
March 22, 2023
Reserve Your Spot!
VSTC - Enterprise Hall
March 28, 2023
Reserve Your Spot!
March 10 at 10:00am ET
Navigating Market Volatility
We know that times of market volatility can be unsettling and can make us question our current plans and wonder if we should take action. With the market’s recent downturns, you may be concerned about your retirement savings. Learn investing best practices, and common pitfalls to avoid during volatile markets.
Register here: Fidelity
March 14 at 1:00pm ET
Get Started and Save for the Future You
Taking the first step with your financial plan, or coming back and refocusing on your financial future, is an important action to take. Learn how your retirement plan works, how to take advantage of GW's generous retirement matching benefit and start investing in your future.
Register here: Fidelity
March 9 at 12:30pm ET
Family Care Information Session
Join GW Benefits and Bright Horizons for an overview of the family care support that is available to benefits-eligible faculty and staff.
Register here: Bright Horizons
Mark Your Calendar and Check Back Often!
Did you know we have a GW Benefits event webpage? Be sure to check it out throughout the month as additional opportunities will be added!
Monthly Benefits Vendors' Meetings...
1:1 UnitedHealthcare Meetings
Meet with GW’s UnitedHealthcare representative, Jessica Wachter, to review outstanding claims and/or ask questions about your medical coverage.
Meetings can be conducted either in-person at the University Student Center or virtually. Jessica will reach out prior to your appointment to confirm your preference and provide a meeting link for virtual appointments.
For future appointments, please use the arrows in the upper right corner to scroll to the next month.
1:1 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
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