EAP helps employees find balance
Aug. 19 Wellness Wednesday, held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the
Children’s Hospital lobby, will offer free Happy Mood Dude Stress balls
and information about work and life balance issues. Free chair massage
also will be available.
by Jeni Bowers Palmer
MUSC Employee Assistance Program
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers assessment, referral and
brief counseling services to all MUSC, Medical University Hospital
Authority, University Medical Associates and Carolina Family Care
employees and their families.
Employees are seen for a variety of problems including mental health,
grief, substance abuse and career problems but the majority of clients
are seen for stress management and life balance issues. Life balance
issues are approached at EAP from a coaching perspective.
Counselors explore the priorities of the clients and point out ways to
focus on things that are important and eliminate things that drain
energy. Positive answers to the following questions may indicate a life
that is out of balance:
True or False
- The last thing on my “to do” list is time for myself.
- My home, office or car is cluttered.
- I work on weekends or at home to catch up.
- I get less than six hours of sleep on a regular basis.
- I regularly eat in the car or at my desk.
- I have a hard time saying no.
- I don’t have enough time to see my friends or family.
- I don’t have the time or the energy for exercise.
- I regularly skip lunch and work breaks.
- I have lots of leave time accumulated because I never take vacation.
If you think you may need help with a life balance issue call 792-2848
to schedule a free assessment appointment with MUSC Employee Assistance
- I have interests and hobbies that I don’t do because of lack of time.
Circuit training—Aug. 20
Circuit training is a free 30-minute interactive class that teaches
participants how to create a 30-minute circuit utilizing his or her
body and simple equipment from a personal trainer of MUSC’s Wellness
Center. You can then recreate that same circuit at home or in your
office. To register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Worksite screening at ART
This month’s worksite screening will be held Aug. 27 at Ashley River
Tower. Valued at about $250, this screening costs employees $15 or $42
depending on insurance coverage. Includes blood chemistry profile,
lipid profile, hemogram, blood pressure and body mass index
calculation. Register at http://www.musc.edu/medcenter/health1st,
click on Worksite Screening. Although most appointment times may
currently be filled, keep going back to the site to check on new time
slots made available by cancellations. New time slots often become
available as late as the day before the screening.
Friday, Aug. 14, 2009