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Work-Life@NIH Resources During National Work and Family Month

Dear NIH Workforce,

Since March of this year, we all have been stretched beyond our normal limits to try to find some semblance of "work-life balance," "work-life blend," or "work-life fit." Expectations on how to integrate work, family, and well-being have been questioned and challenged. Many of the challenges we are facing are outside of our control and there is no date for when we will reach a sense of normalcy.

Our organizations, the Office of Research Services (ORS) (https://www.ors.od.nih.gov) and Office of Human Resources (OHR) (https://hr.nih.gov/) recognize the struggles of the NIH workforce and have adapted policies, programs and services to meet current and emerging needs.

During National Work and Family Month, we want to remind you of four important resources that can help during these unprecedented times:

1. NIH Workforce Resource Eligibility Matrix – programs that are available by employment category, including contractors. (https://hr.nih.gov/sites/default/files/public/documents/working-nih/work-life/pdf/nih-workplace-flexibilities-matrix-10.04.pdf).
2. NIH Leave Flexibilities and Workforce Resources during COVID-19 – information about flexibilities, leave and workplace resources. (https://hr.nih.gov/working-nih/work-life/nih-leave-flexibilities-and-workplace-resources-during-covid-19).
3. National Work and Family Month – over 50 virtual activities during the month of October to assist you with any stage of life or career. (https://www.workfamilymonth.ors.nih.gov). 
4. HERE TO LISTEN Staff Support Line, 301 - 451-1151 - Employee Assistance Program (EAP) supported by NIMH, Monday – Friday, 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm.

In addition, on October 27, the Work-Life@NIH: A Supervisor's Guide to Enhancing Workforce Well-being workshop will be held from 9am to 11:30am. The ORS and OHR subject matter experts will provide information about policies and programs the NIH offers to promote well-being, especially during the coronavirus pandemic to supervisors, team leads, PIs and AOs. The workshop is free, and supervisors will receive 2 hours of Continuing Learning Points. Reserve your virtual seat today by registering through the LMS (https://ams.hhs.gov/amsLogin/SimpleLogin.jsp) and selecting Course #NIHWRD1003.

As always, we will continue to educate, support and assess the needs of the NIH workforce. If you have any recommendations for additional programs or have any questions, please contact Ms. Tonya Lee, ORS Work-Life Coordinator at tonya.lee@nih.gov.

Colleen A. McGowan

Director, Office of Research Services

Julie Broussard Berko

Director, Office of Human Resources