Dear GW Community,
June is here, and there are several celebrations to observe—including Pride, Juneteenth and Men’s Health Month to kick off the summer season! Also, this month we offer several new well-being Wednesday events and new financial well-being events, a tuition remission information session, and share tips and reminders for using your paid time off. Don’t forget to check out opportunities to connect 1:1 with our benefit vendor partners.
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Human Resource Management and Development
The goal of Men’s Health Month is to heighten awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment among men and boys. You can check with your health plan provider such as UnitedHealthcare for a customized checklist of screenings that are right for you. One of the most important steps to maintaining your health is to stay up-to-date on preventative care. It’s easier to treat and manage disease when it’s caught in its earlier stages.
This month, show your body and mind some kindness. Whether you enjoy movement or meditation, try following these tips to bring more attention to your health and improve your well-being. Making lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking can help you stay well and feel good from head to toe.
During Pride Month, we take time to celebrate and reflect on the efforts and achievements of the LGBTQIA+ community. A large part of accepting ourselves and our loved ones starts on the inside and works its way out. Loving one another and our own uniqueness takes bravery, self-compassion, and self-discovery. Practicing mindfulness and speaking with intention can help our community overcome uncertainty, navigate injustice, live authentically, find inner safety, cultivate joy, and grow resilience.
Pride is an important month for everyone, and our Employee Assistance Program has resources available to support you and those in your family as you navigate life changes and become stronger together. Parents and guardians can also review these helpful conversation starters leading with empathy as a way to encourage your child to open up to you.
Financial Well-being at GW
If you are looking to equip yourself with some new financial tools and resources whether it be for creating a plan to repay student loans, building an emergency savings plan, or beginning a retirement plan savings account, grab your GW financial passport and join us on our journey towards improved financial well-being.
During this journey, you will be able to collect unique GW stamps and earn incentives as you move through the following locations: managing money, building resilience, growing wealth, and protecting wealth. Once you complete a session, you will receive your stamp via email to add to your passport and you will be automatically entered to win some GW swag such as these easy to travel with picnic blankets!
Wherever you are traveling from, GW Benefits, along with our vendor partners, are here to help you reach a more healthy and secure destination.
Check out what’s coming up this month:
Introduction to Financial Well-being: Friday, June 9
1 PM ET I Introduction to Financial Well-being with TIAA
On Demand I Fundamentals of Financial Well-being with UHC
On Demand I How You Money Series with Fidelity
Managing Money: Monday, June 12
11 AM ET I Take Control of Your Financial Life: Steps to managing Money and Debt with TIAA
Building Resilience: Tuesday, June 13
12 PM ET I Navigating Market Volatility with Fidelity
Growing Wealth: Tuesday, June 27
1 PM ET I How to Make the Most of Your Retirement Savings with Fidelity
Protecting Wealth: Wednesday, June 28
11AM ET I Basic Estate Planning Strategies with TIAA
Reminder: Tuition Remission Benefit Deadlines - Summer 2023
Tuition remission is a valuable benefit for eligible employees and their dependents. Please review the Tuition Remission Benefit Policy for information on employee eligibility, course eligibility, benefit coverage, and the tax implications.
Application Deadlines for the Tuition Remission benefit for the upcoming Summer 2023 Semester will be accepted through June 15.
If you are applying for tax exemption for graduate-level courses, certifications must be submitted by June 15.
If you have questions, please contact GW Benefits at email@example.com or (571) 553-8382.
Paid Time Off Reminder
Taking time off to rest and recharge is important for our overall well-being. Taking even a few days can give your body a break from chronic stress that can contribute to anxiety, depression, insomnia and more. Whether you travel on a road trip through majestic parks, discover the vibrancy of a new city, or take time to enjoy your own neighborhood, you’ll create meaningful memories as well as free up mental space for better productivity, creativity, and overall mental health.
With the end of the fiscal year (June 30) fast approaching, we encourage you to check your time off balance and to review the information on carryover allowances in the time off and leave policy, including carryover allowances, so that you can plan to use your well-earned time away.
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 summer!
Foggy Bottom - University Student Center
June 14, 2023
Reserve Your Spot!
VSTC - Enterprise Hall
June 27, 2023
Reserve Your Spot!
June 12 at 12:30pm ET
Strengthening Work Relationships
Some people love working in teams. Some people prefer to work alone. Either way, it’s important to work well with your colleagues. This 30-minute training walks participants through a team-building exercise where participants will have a chance to identify how they contribute to team goals, appreciate the skills each member brings to the team, and share personal needs from a team environment.
Register here: EAP
June 15 at 10:15am ET and 4:15pm ET
Finding Harmony: Balancing Being a Parent and a Professional
Join us to learn and discuss the realities of the modern working landscape for parents and how to approach balance in a new, more successful way.
Register here: Health Advocate
June 21 at 11am ET
Tuition Remission Info Session
Please join us for an overview of the Tuition Remission benefit, including employee and dependent eligibility, how to submit an application, an overview of applying for graduate course tax exemption and important deadlines.
Register here: GW Benefits
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!
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. She will reach out prior to your appointment to provide a virtual meeting link.
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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Ashburn, VA 20147
Phone: (571) 553-8382
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