EAP Webinars on Mental Health and Wellbeing during COVID Schedule for Sept/Oct

EAP is offering webinars on a variety of COVID-19 related topics to support emotional and mental health and wellbeing. Register for an upcoming live session or view a pre-recorded session on-demand below. More sessions will be added regularly.

EAP also has a website with links by topic to helpful resources from addiction to finances to parenting to support for marginalized communities.

(New) Leading the Human Side of Change

From the Washington State Employee Assistance Program:

Leading the Human Side of Change

We are currently experiencing a rapid transformation of the workplace. As a leader, you may find yourself struggling with how to navigate and lead your team through the challenges that can come with change. In this webinar you’ll learn about the human side of change, how change impacts you as a leader and your work group, strategies to support your team through change, and what resources are available to support both you and your employees.

  • Wednesday, October 28, 2020  2:00pm-3:30pm  Register

Navigating Change in Challenging Times

In our ever changing world, learning how to navigate change is an essential skill—one that can be developed. In this webinar we’ll talk about the impact of change, actions you can take to navigate change based on your unique response to stress, and resources available to support you.

  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020  8:30am-10:00am  Register
  • Thursday, October 1, 2020  1:00pm-2:30pm  Register
  • Thursday, October 22, 2020 2:00pm-3:30pm  Register

How to Build Resilience When Your Job Involves Helping Others in Crisis

This webinar is intended for those who are supporting others in crisis e.g. customers, clients, students, employees/staff. During this webinar you will learn how your mind and body responds to stress, possible impacts on your emotional and physical well-being, strategies to build resilience, and supports and resources available to you.

  • Thursday, September 24, 2020  2:00pm-3:30pm  Register
  • Wednesday, September 30, 2020  10:00am-11:30am  Register
  • Tuesday, October 6, 2020 10:30am-12:00pm  Register

For more resources and to view a list of recorded webinars, visit https://des.wa.gov/services/hr-finance/washington-state-employee-assistance-program-eap

Registration is Open for State Government Lean Conference

State Lean Conference is Going Virtual this Year

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The Washington State Government Lean Transformation Conference is going virtual this year, and we invite you and members from your agency to register now!  It  is first-come, first-serve, and the conference usually fills up quickly, so register as soon as you can.

This year’s virtual event will be held over several days between October 20 and 29, and allows you to customize your learning by signing up for sessions that fit in with your schedule.  It’s also an exciting opportunity for Washington state employees located across the state to participate without travel or additional expenses.

This year’s theme is “Improve, Iterate, Adapt – A Better Future for Washington.” We will focus on the tools and techniques of Lean and continuous improvement, while also recognizing an even greater need to adapt to changing times.

HOW DO I REGISTER?

Registration will be a different process than in past years – you will need to sign up for each session individually. Watch this short video for helpful tips about registration. The basic steps are:

  • Visit our website to learn about the sessions
  • Register for EACH session you’d like to attend
  • When you get the confirmation email, ADD the Zoom appointment to your calendar

Visit our website for the event schedule, session descriptions, FAQs, and tips on engaging successfully at an online conference.

WHAT TYPE OF CONTENT WILL BE AVAILABLE?

The conference will feature over twenty sessions that target a variety of different skill levels – there will be something for everyone!

Highlights include:

  • Opening remarks by Gov. Jay Inslee and RW director, Christy Bezanson
  • Two keynote addresses by Vann Smiley (Executive Director of One Washington) and Karen Martin (Lean expert, author, and President of TKMG Inc)
  • Breakout sessions presented by public and private-sector Lean and continuous improvement expert partners

We’ll deliver sessions using Zoom Webinar and post recordings of the sessions after the conference. As part of our commitment to inclusion and continuous improvement, will provide live captioning for all sessions and ASL interpretation as needed.

IS THERE A COST TO ATTEND?

Admission is still free. In past years we asked attendees to bring a canned food item for donation. This year you have the opportunity, if you choose, to give back through the Combined Fund Drive, either via the general fund or your favorite member charity.

Please visit our conference website for more information.

Look forward to “seeing” you in October!

The Results Washington Team

Results Washington | Office of the Governor

results@gov.wa.gov | www.results.wa.gov

Registration is Open for the Washington State Government Lean Transformation Conference

State Lean Conference is Going Virtual This Year

The Washington State Government Lean Transformation Conference is going virtual this year, and we invite you and members from your agency to register now! Registration is first-come, first-serve, and the conference usually fills up quickly, so register as soon as you can.

This year’s virtual event will be held over several days between October 20 and 29, and allows you to customize your learning by signing up for sessions that fit in with your schedule.  It’s also an exciting opportunity for Washington state employees located across the state to participate without travel or additional expenses.

This year’s theme is “Improve, Iterate, Adapt – A Better Future for Washington.” We will focus on the tools and techniques of Lean and continuous improvement, while also recognizing an even greater need to adapt to changing times.

HOW DO I REGISTER?

Registration will be a different process than in past years – you will need to sign up for each session individually. Watch this short video for helpful tips about registration. The basic steps are:

  • Visit our website to learn about the sessions
  • Register for EACH session you’d like to attend
  • When you get the confirmation email, ADD the Zoom appointment to your calendar

Visit our website for the event schedule, session descriptions, FAQs, and tips on engaging successfully at an online conference.

WHAT TYPE OF CONTENT WILL BE AVAILABLE?

The conference will feature over twenty sessions that target a variety of different skill levels – there will be something for everyone!

Highlights include:

  • Opening remarks by Gov. Jay Inslee and RW director, Christy Bezanson
  • Two keynote addresses by Vann Smiley (Executive Director of One Washington) and Karen Martin (Lean expert, author, and President of TKMG Inc)
  • Breakout sessions presented by public and private-sector Lean and continuous improvement expert partners

We’ll deliver sessions using Zoom Webinar and post recordings of the sessions after the conference. As part of our commitment to inclusion and continuous improvement, will provide live captioning for all sessions and ASL interpretation as needed.

IS THERE A COST TO ATTEND?

Admission is still free. In past years we asked attendees to bring a canned food item for donation. This year you have the opportunity, if you choose, to give back through the Combined Fund Drive, either via the general fund or your favorite member charity.

Please visit our conference website for more information.

Look forward to “seeing” you in October!

The Results Washington Team

Results Washington | Office of the Governor

results@gov.wa.gov | www.results.wa.gov

LLN Lunch and Learn: Checking in During the Pandemic

From the Latino Leadership Network:

We care about you. How are you holding up? The LLN Executive Board is preparing a Lunch & Learn from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept., 23 via Zoom to help you check in with yourself as we connect with one another and get tips on managing stress, isolation, and teleworking from Indira Melgarejo, LLN’s Health & Wellness Chair, formerly a psychologist in Venezuela.

A survey released by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention in August revealed that 41 percent of respondents reported symptoms of mental disorder, including trauma-related symptoms, depression, and anxiety. The study found a higher prevalence of symptoms of depressive disorder, suicidal thoughts, and anxiety among Hispanic respondents. (Source: ABC News)

So it is not surprising that in our own survey in June, LLN members said they are most interested in LLN activities that focus on managing stress, isolation, and teleworking. Let this lunch break be your time to briefly engage with your peers across the state enterprise and come away with vital information you can use

Registration Information: .Sign up to attend this Zoom meeting on our Eventbrite page

Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment Recruiting New Members

From the Office of the Governor:

Join others working to improve the lives of people with disabilities

Apply by October 15, 2020 to become a member of the Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues & Employment

If you are interested in issues affecting people with disabilities and want to influence State decision makers, apply by October 15, 2020 to become a member of the Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues & Employment (GCDE).

The GCDE is currently recruiting members to fill seven (7) vacancies on the 27-member committee. New members will be appointed by the Governor to serve an initial three-year term, starting in 2021, with the possibility of being appointed for a second three-year term and you can live anywhere in Washington State.

GCDE committee members commit to participate actively in:

  • Three in-person meetings of the full GCDE per year, usually held in the Olympia-Lacey area. (We are currently meeting online due to Covid-19 and social distancing guidelines.)
  • Regular phone/videoconference meetings, and occasional in-person meetings, of the GCDE subcommittees that manage and implement GCDE programs.
  • Ad-hoc workgroups created to address specific tasks or issues for the benefit of the disability community

For more information about the qualifications for GCDE membership and the responsibilities of GCDE members, please see the GCDE Become a Member page. To apply, please see the Applicant Instructions linked on that page. You also can learn about our current members.

For more information about the GCDE and its programs, please see the Projects page of the GCDE website.

The GCDE is administered by the Washington State Employment Security Department. For more information, or if you have questions, please email Elaine Stefanowicz, Membership Program Coordinator, or call her at 360-890-3774.

Hispanics: Be Proud of Your Past and Embrace the Future

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Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15-Oct. 15

From the Latino Leadership Network:

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, your Latino Leadership Network Executive Board has put together a new video to welcome all Washington State workers and allies into the familia that is LLN. We took this opportunity to speak from our hearts about the value we see in participating in this group. See the video on YouTube.

A special thank you to a rising star in LLN, Larry Delgado, for being our editor on this project.

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the contributions and importance of Hispanics and Latinos to the United States and those American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.

Hispanic Heritage Month also marks the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period.

In the U.S. this observance began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover September 15 to October 15.

Last year, LLN marked the occasion with a fascinating presentation by Antonio Sanchez, PhD, Director of Intergovernmental and International Relations at Central Washington University. Sanchez presented “A Proud Past – Building a New Future, the History of the Accomplishments and Contributions of Hispanics in Washington State.” The presentation included several revelations about the roles Hispanics have played in the history and development of Washington State. See the Facebook Live recording

 

Confident Communication: A Women’s Summit is Oct. 16

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The Interagency Committee of State Employed Women, in partnership with the Washington Center for Women and Business and Cornerstone Coaching & Training, LLC, are hosting a daylong virtual gathering designed to help participants become a more confident communicator.

Confident Communication: A Women’s Summit is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, October 16 via Zoom. Presenters will stream the event from a high-tech conference room at the Washington Center for Women in Business. Attendees will participate in discussions, exercises, and small breakout groups using video and chat. All participants will receive a gift bag with training materials and be entered to win door prizes.

Cost is $97 for the general public and $67 for ICSEW members. Scholarships are available (see registration information at the bottom of this post). Registration closes September 30.

“Our speakers generously share their expertise, stories, wisdom and lessons,” said Cornerstone Consulting CEO Betty Lochner, who is also the summit host and facilitator. “Speaker sessions will be interactive, inspiring and you’ll come away revived and motivated.”

Summit Topics Will Include:

  • Managing Stress During Difficult Times
  • The Power of Language: Blame, Empowerment, and Equity
  • Let’s Talk About Grief
  • Self-talk Reboot
  • Getting out of Your Way
  • Mastering Your Story

Registration Information:

To register and get up-to-date information about the summit, including speakers and session descriptions visit https://www.beabetterboss-training.com/womens-summit-2.

Cost is $97 for the general public. ICSEW members will receive $30 off registration. Just enter the code ICSEW at checkout.

Scholarships are available. For more information, contact Betty Lochner betty@cornerstone-ct.com

 

 

ICSEW Appoints Four Executive Board Members

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OLYMPIA—The Interagency Committee of State Employed Women, ICSEW, is proud to introduce four new appointments to its executive board.

Josefina Magaña has been appointed as vice chair. Rae Simpson has been appointed as professional development chair. Laurel Hass has been appointed as mentorship chair. Beth Archer has been appointed to conference chair.

The changes take effect immediately.

“I am so pleased to make this announcement,” said ICSEW Chair, Amal Joury. Each of these incredible women bring impressive and unique strengths to ICSEW. Josefina and Laurel and the Mentorship Subcommittee just launched our pilot mentorship program, and Laurel is guiding the first group of mentees and mentors though this incredible program.  Rae has insane energy, and has brought us an opportunity to work with Cornerstone Coaching and Training and their Women’s Summit. Beth has managed Zoom after Zoom meeting and I absolutely adore seeing her face and knowing she’s our “Zoommaster,” so it made sense she would work on orchestrating our big, annual conference!”

“I am very grateful to the entire Executive Board for its work, brilliant ideas and commitment to this organization. We could not do this work without you, our representatives, alternates, and guests. Thank you so much for being part of this team!”

Magaña is an administrative regulatory analyst for the Department of Labor and Industries. She has been an ICSEW representative since April 2018. Magaña has also served as the committee’s mentorship chair since February of 2019. During Magaña’s term of service with ICSEW, she helped lead a subcommittee of about a half a dozen state employees to launch a mentorship pilot program for the ICSEW. Magaña takes on the role following the departure of previous Vice Chair Jane Chapman, who completed her term of service as ICSEW vice chair in July 2020. Chapman remains an ICSEW representative for the State Department of Licensing.

About the New Executive Board Members

Simpson is the director of nursing services for the Washington State Department of Corrections. Simpson has been a representative for ICSEW since June 2018. Simpson was a previous ICSEW representative for the Washington Health Care Authority until September 2019.

Haas is a Central Reservation System manager for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Hass has been a representative for the ICSEW since April 2019.

Archer is an administrative assistant for the State Investment Board. Archer has been a representative for the ICSEW since April 2019. Archer takes over the role after the departure of previous Professional Development Chair Debbie Baker. Baker, an investment technology application development journey for the Department of Revenue, completed her term of service with ICSEW in July 2020.

 

 

Experts Predict an Increase of Suicides in the Coming Months. Here’s What You Can Do to Help Save Lives

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Editor’s Note: September is #SuicidePreventionMonthThis article first appeared in the August 2020 issues of the Washington State Employee Assistance Program’s Employee Frontline Newsletter:

Our state Department of Health (DOH) has been investigating and reporting on the many impacts of COVID-19 on all of us, including mental and behavioral health impacts. The COVID-19 pandemic has been widely regarded as a natural disaster, and in a June 2020 report the DOH considered the COVID-19 pandemic from this perspective and predicted significant behavioral health impacts of COVID using disaster response and recovery modeling. One of the report’s key findings is that suicides in Washington are expected to peak between October and December 2020. Washington’s suicide rate had already increased by nearly 19% from 1999-2016, and our state has the 21st highest suicide rate in the nation at 17.5 deaths per 100,000 people, higher than the national suicide rate of 14.5.

There is some good news: most suicides are preventable, and we can all take action to prepare and get in front of this curve. Here’s what you can do:

And, if you’re struggling and in need of support and guidance, or if you’re concerned about someone in your life and aren’t sure what to do, don’t hesitate to reach out to the EAP, at 1-877-313-4455.

Back to School: How to support employees who have school age kids at home

Editor’s note: this article originally appeared in the Employee Assistance Program’s September 2020 Newsletter

As we head into month 6 of the COVID pandemic, many parents are starting the school year already worn out, after months of “go go go” from the time the kids wake up at 6am until their bedtime at 9pm (and sometimes the kids are up in the middle of the night too.) They’re likely wondering how they and their families will manage, and they’re not alone. Recent research by the Kaiser Family Foundation warns that nearly half of all parents of school age kids are worried that they will not be able to pay enough attention to their child if they are working from home. In addition, more than half of all parents of K-12 kids experienced one or more adverse health effects due to worry and stress from COVID, with 69% of mothers and 51% of fathers.

How can you support your employees through this time?

  1. Be kind, caring and flexible. The State Human Resources division counsels agencies to operate with principles such as: maximum flexibility, action not perfection (“Try something. Take a risk and you can make adjustments if it doesn’t work.”) and strong support for “accommodating parents and other caregivers to make it possible for them to remain in the workforce and thrive…” See Supporting Working Parents and Caregivers, part of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) HR Guidance for State Agencies.
  2. Provide maximum flexibility for employees to get their work done. Given each employee’s unique situation, ask when they can work. It can be a patchwork quilt, such as working: before the kids are up, after they’re in bed, on weekends, and when their partner is “on duty.” The new State HR guidance describes these and other possible work schedule options to accommodate the employee’s caregiving responsibilities.
  3. Be proactive – check in with your employees who are parenting school age kids about their back-to-school plans. While asking all school-age parents is important, pay special attention to mothers, given research showing that they are bearing the brunt of juggling home schooling and working and report suffering more adverse health effects than fathers. During these tough economic times or due to past negative experience, employees may be reluctant to expose anything they fear their supervisor or HR may see as a failure to perform their work. Don’t wait until your employees approach you to seek help or relief – they may wait too long.
  4. Check in regularly with your employees to see how they’re doing, and reassure them that you are open to adjusting and adapting as their family’s needs change.
  5. Encourage your employees to use their leave and take regular time off from work. During this stressful time, taking some time away from work is vital to your employees’ and their families’ continued wellbeing. In addition to vacation and sick time your employees may qualify for other leave categories, including the 2020 federal COVID-related leave – here’s the description of federal COVID-related leave. For information specific to your organization talk with your HR staff.
  6. Urge your employees to make their self-care a priority. Here is some specific self-care information and guidance tailored to parents. In addition, the EAP offers both a Self-Care webinar and a Parenting through COVID webinar as well as other resources that can help on their COVID-19 Resources page.

Here are some additional resources to help you be a better leader during this time:

Finally, don’t hesitate to reach out to the EAP for support, guidance, tools and resources to help with your specific situation, at 1-877-313-4455 or online.