University of Calgary

University offers full employee assistance program to postdocs

UToday HomeJune 10, 2013

Angela Vinturache, Denise Liberton, Chinyere Nwafor-Okoli, Daniel Oblak, and Yokananth Sekar are among the postdoctoral scholars at the University of Calgary who now qualify for full coverage under the LifeWorks employee and family assistance program.(From left) Angela Vinturache, Denise Liberton, Chinyere Nwafor-Okoli, Daniel Oblak, and Yokananth Sekar are among the postdoctoral scholars at the University of Calgary who now qualify for full coverage under the LifeWorks employee and family assistance program. Photo by Riley BrandtThe University of Calgary will now provide its full employee and family assistance program ― LifeWorks ― to the group of postdoctoral scholars who are considered trainees.

“Our postdoctoral scholars are key contributors to our Eyes High research, academia, innovation and commercialization strategy.  A knowledge-based economy is inconceivable without such a talent pool,” says Naweed Syed, program director, Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. “LifeWorks offers a host of services, information and resources to ensure a healthy and productive research and innovation environment for our postdocs.”  

The university’s employee assistance plan covers a wide range of topics, such as parenting, emotional health, financial problems, elder care, smoking cessation and buying a first home. The full suite of LifeWorks services, including personal counseling, will now be made available at no charge to all postdoctoral fellows.

“Several ambitious initiatives have recently emerged in an effort to enhance the postdoctoral experience at University of Calgary. In this context, free access to the diverse LifeWorks services will have a major impact on the overall well-being of postdoctoral scholars,” says Angela Vinturache, president of the Postdoctoral Association of the University of Calgary.

“Such enterprises foster a positive environment that not only nurtures thoughtful and innovative ideas, but also impacts quality of life of the trainees, increasing the attractiveness of our university as a place where postdoctoral scholars can achieve their personal and career aspirations,” says Vinturache.

“Postdoctoral scholars can access this free, confidential service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in person, by telephone or online, and in many languages,” says Loreen Huras, director of Academic Operations, Human Resources. “Spouses and dependents are also covered.”

Postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff can learn more about accessing LifeWorks on the Staff Wellness website

 

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