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Taking care of faculty and staff

UToday HomeMay 10, 2012

By Elise Hetu

Zana Dragicevic, Human Resources Advisor and SustainabilityON Coordinator for Facilities Management and Development, is participating in two lunchtime yoga classes at the Physical Plant. Photo by Elise HetuZana Dragicevic, Human Resources advisor and SustainabilityON coordinator for Facilities Management and Development, is participating in two lunchtime yoga classes at the Physical Plant. Photo by Elise HetuStaff and faculty celebrated World Health Day last month with a free two-week entry pass to all on-campus fitness facilities offered by Active Living. Taking health and wellness celebrations a step further, some business units enlisted yoga and Pilates instructors to teach lunchtime classes while others ensured staff knew how to request an ergonomics assessment or other health and wellness programs.

In Facilities Management and Development (FMD), 20 people pooled funds to hire two yoga instructors to teach classes twice a week. “I was really excited that there was so much interest in bringing yoga to our workplace,” says Zana Dragicevic, human resources advisor and SustainabilityON coordinator for FMD. “I’ve joined both classes so I now do yoga twice a week. This is such a great initiative and I encourage other departments across campus to consider implementing a similar program.”

And more than yoga, there are many other health and wellness programs available on campus. The Staff Wellness Centre offers free confidential counselling to faculty and staff and their immediate family. It also offers resources on legal clarity, financial clarity, addictions, nutrition, child and elder care, personal well-being, relationships and workplace challenges.

Human Resources provides support and information to university employees on areas such as benefits, pensions, payroll, consulting services, recruitment, learning and development, and HR information systems and programs.

The Sexual Harassment Office will deliver education presentations and workshops to any group on campus, and provides confidential consultation and advice.

Environment, Health and Safety offers various training courses, programs that provide guidance on health and safety issues, a web-based check-in/check-out system with Campus Security called Working Alone, the Online Accident Reporting System (OARS), an ergonomics program and more.

The Campus Food Bank provides an emergency relief service to the campus community.

Staff and faculty receive a 45 per cent discount from the public rate on all memberships at Active Living facilities which include the Fitness Centre, Aquatic Centre, Racquet Centre, Outdoor Centre, Gymnastics Centre and Olympic Oval.

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