“Missouri Gov. Mike Parson reverses $127M in budget cuts, sends $68M extra to colleges”
Springfield News-Leader, January 8, 2020
The University Libraries Staff Development Committee and MULAC Wellness and Professional Development Committee will be sharing information about resources available on campus and in the local community. Our first Resource Pick is the UM System Employee Assistance Program and here is more information provided by James Hunter, Director of the UM System EAP office. If you have suggestions for future resource picks, please contact either SDC or WPD.
The UM System EAP offers up to five sessions of counseling for employees, members of their immediate families and retirees. Services are provided at no-cost and are confidential. The counseling service also includes referral to or linkage with a wide variety of community resources based upon assessment and intervention planning. Our counseling service is an avenue to assist employees in effectively coping with stressors in their lives away from the organization such as parenting, caring for a relative in need, maintaining a healthy marriage and family, developing positive social connections, and managing economic stressors. Employees also utilize the counseling service to manage a multitude of work-related stressors.
Often, employees seek the consultation of our EAP to address the complex intersection of personal or life stressors with adjoining work demands. Our counseling interventions aim to promote effective employee role functioning within and external to the workplace as well as address the context in which their stressors are embedded. Effective workplace counseling provided by an EAP may reduce absenteeism, turnover and health care utilization, and may improve work role performance, enhance employee engagement and serves to moderate existing health conditions such as anxiety, depression, alcohol or other substance use.
EAP Work – Life Resources are located here: https://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits/eap/eap_training_programs
EAP Occupational Stress Programs are summarized here: https://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits/eap/eap_occupational_stress
EAP Services for administrators are reviewed here: https://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits/eap/eap_administrator_services and https://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits/eap/eap_org_consultation
We’ve been through a lot in 2020. And we still face significant uncertainty in the coming months and years. But this moment is also an opportunity to build a better future. One that includes every person in our community.
As our country and community recovers from the pandemic, we will see greater need for years to come. Consider this:
- 11 million Americans are unemployed (U.S. Department of Labor)
- 7% of the population of Columbia lives in poverty (Boone Indicators Dashboard)
- More than 1 in 10 don’t know where their next meal is coming from (Feeding America)
- 5% of Boone County residents are food insecure (Feeding America)
- 38% of Boone County residents experiencing food insecurity are above the income threshold for nutrition assistance programs (Feeding America)
- At least 30 million people are at risk of eviction (Aspen Institute)
- 1 in 7 students don’t graduate high school (National Center for Education Statistics)
Addressing these challenges will take every one of us. Every day Heart of Missouri United Way helps chip away at these problems. The progress we make is only possible because of donors like you. Please help us do more by giving today.
The future will be different than we once imagined. But it can also be better than we ever dreamed it could be.
Heart of Missouri United Way
P.S. Did you know that for most taxpayers, up to $300 of donations to charity are deductible in 2020? Please, give to Heart of Missouri United Way now.
Welcome Joseph Sabo! Joseph (Joey) joined our E-Learning/Digital Media Lab Team on November 30th as a FT Information Specialist. Joseph has a Bachelor of Arts in Video Production with a Minor in Animation Production from Webster University in St. Louis. Reporting to Navadeep Khanal, Joseph will work to support the Libraries’ E-Learning mission and goals and the Digital Media needs of the libraries and our users. Joey brings with him interest and experience as a freelancer in video and animation production.
We are grateful to our campus Information Technology Fee Committee for funding this position.