Wellbeing

2019 Jul 16

Evaluating a Flexwork Proposal (University-Wide, Managers Only)

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

114 Mt. Auburn Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge

Join us for in-depth look at how to evaluate a flexible work arrangement proposal based on Harvard's University-wide flexible work guidelines. We will review the essential ingredients of a flex proposal; how to assess your own attitude about workplace flexibility in general and flex for individual employees specifically; how to identify ways to evaluate the success of an arrangement after a trial period; and what to do when employees disclose personal reasons behind the proposal that trigger your emotions or certain legal requirements--or both. Issues of...

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2019 May 07

Evaluating a Flexwork Proposal (University-Wide, Managers Only)

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

114 Mt. Auburn Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge

Join us for in-depth look at how to evaluate a flexible work arrangement proposal based on Harvard's University-wide flexible work guidelines. We will review the essential ingredients of a flex proposal; how to assess your own attitude about workplace flexibility in general and flex for individual employees specifically; how to identify ways to evaluate the success of an arrangement after a trial period; and what to do when employees disclose personal reasons behind the proposal that trigger your emotions or certain legal requirements--or both. Issues of...

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2019 Jul 16

Developing a Flexwork Proposal

11:30am to 12:30pm

Location: 

114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA

Join us for in-depth look at how to develop a flexible work arrangement proposal based on Harvard's University-wide flexible work guidelines. We will review the essential ingredients of a flex proposal; how to assess your manager’s attitude about workplace flexibility; the timing of conversations with your manager; when and how to avoid getting into the personal considerations behind the proposal; and how to identify ways to evaluate the success of an arrangement after a trial period. Issues of trust, brave conversations, transparency, and fairness will be also be explored.

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2019 May 08

Developing a Flexwork Proposal

11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA

Join us for in-depth look at how to develop a flexible work arrangement proposal based on Harvard's University-wide flexible work guidelines. We will review the essential ingredients of a flex proposal; how to assess your manager’s attitude about workplace flexibility; the timing of conversations with your manager; when and how to avoid getting into the personal considerations behind the proposal; and how to identify ways to evaluate the success of an arrangement after a trial period. Issues of trust, brave conversations, transparency, and fairness will be also be explored.

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2019 Jun 12

Flexwork Preview for Managers

12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA

Join us for a one-hour overview of Harvard's updated, University-wide flexible work guidelines. Managers will learn about proposing, discussing, evaluating and managing flexwork; the business advantages of flexwork; the wisdom of trial periods; how to renew, tweak and end existing arrangements; how to ensure an "equitable process of fair consideration for all proposals"; flex and the HUCTW agreement; and special considerations for managing telework.

Optional pre-work includes a review of the online guidelines at https://hr.harvard...

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2019 Jun 04

Flexwork Preview for Employees

12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA

Join us for this one-hour overview of Harvard's updated, University-wide flexible work guidelines. You will learn how to develop a well-thought out flexwork proposal and discuss it with your boss; why you don't need to state your reason for submitting a proposal, potential business advantages of flexwork; the criteria managers will use to decide to approve or deny your proposal, and what is meant by an "equitable process of fair consideration for all proposals".

Optional pre-work includes a review of the online guidelines at https...

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2019 May 06

Mindful Parenting

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA

Bringing mindful attention to our skills as parents increases our capacity to form strong bonds with all the members of our family. This is because the practice of mindfulness cultivates the conditions of openness and receptivity in which communication and emotional connection naturally flourish. In this free workshop, we will learn about becoming more mindful people as well as more mindful parents, able to navigate the inevitable waves of joy and frustration that accompany every parent’s experience with a greater sense of ease.

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2019 May 14

Mindfulness Retreat for Experienced Practitioners

1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA

Individuals who have established a regular meditation practice recognize that having the opportunity to practice for a sustained period of time, in a location generally removed from distractions, and with other like-minded individuals, is essential to deepening one’s practice and understanding of mindfulness.

 

Modeled after the programs offered at established retreat centers such as the Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts, this half-day retreats offer participants...

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2019 Jun 18

Mindfulness and Anxiety

1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

114 Mt. Auburn Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge

To feel occasional anxiety is a natural human experience, but for many anxiety can become a source of ongoing distress, capable of interfering with everyday life. Many of our efforts to avoid anxiety may involve distracting ourselves from it, or pushing it away, but this provides only temporary relief. Mindfulness, on the other hand, offers a pathway to meet the experience of anxiety, and in doing so, restore valued activity, rather than allowing ourselves to be dominated by fear and avoidance. This free workshop will introduce the use of mindfulness as a...

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2019 Jun 12

Mindful Communication: Speaking and Listening with Awareness

10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: 

114 Mt. Auburn Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge

The conversations we engage in daily can become automatic, pressured, and careless. With the right mindset, however, even ordinary interactions can become rich territory for effectively expressing our deepest values. This program demonstrates how conversation provides an opportunity to practice a special kind of attentiveness, transforming our encounters with colleagues into meaningful moments of genuine exchange.

 

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2019 May 15

Mindful Eating

2:30pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

114 Mt. Auburn St. Conference Room 406, Cambridge, MA
How often do we go to the market and end up purchasing groceries we did not intend to purchase? Plan to eat healthfully but find that we did not? Look in our refrigerator for a snack to meet an emotional need? Completely miss the taste and nourishment of a special meal because distracting thoughts carried us away from the moment? These all-too-common experiences happen to us when we feel distanced from our bodies, our thoughts, and our emotions. 

This session will delve into how a consistent practice of mindfulness can help us close those gaps, and furthermore...

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2019 Jul 19

Preparing For Retirement

9:30am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Hawes Hall Room 202, Allston MA

This program addresses the tangible aspects of retirement planning:

  • Understanding Social Security and Medicare and how these coordinate with Harvard’s post-retirement benefits
  • Income planning and paying yourself in retirement  

Audience: Benefits eligible employees 

Pre-Requisites: None 

Cost: None 

Late Drop/No Show Fee: None 

Please contact deborah_hawkes@harvard.edu with any questions and trainingportalhelp@harvard.edu with any technical issues.

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2019 Apr 13

Saturday Forest Bathing

Repeats every month on the 11 of May until Sat May 11 2019 . Also includes Sat Apr 27 2019, Sat May 25 2019.
9:00am to 11:00am

9:00am to 11:00am
9:00am to 11:00am
9:00am to 11:00am

Location: 

Bussey St. Gate Entrance at map tables

Forest Bathing is inspired by Shinrin-yoku, a prominent feature of preventative medicine and healing in Japan.  From increased cerebral blood flow to stronger immune defenses, there has been extensive research demonstrating what can happen when we relax, unplug and open our senses to the natural world in community.  

This slow-paced guided therapeutic experience promotes wellness through a series of gentle sensory-opening invitations that welcome us to notice more of our natural surroundings.  By deepening our connection with the natural world and each other,...

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2019 Apr 01

What’s Your Financial IQ?

Mon Apr 1 (All day) to Mon Apr 8 (All day)

Location: 

Online

During the month of April, TIAA, one of Harvard’s retirement vendors is offering Harvard employees the chance to test their understanding of savings, investment and other day-to-day financial topics by taking a series of short, 5-question online quizzes. 

Each time you complete a quiz, you will be entered for a chance to win an Apple Watch!  There will be a total of 10 quizzes, so you can enter up to 10 times. Plus, you will learn more about important money-management topics and improve your financial literacy.

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2019 Apr 14

Spring Into Health

11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: 

Hunnewell Building

Join in for a wake-up spring walk through the Arboretum's fabulous collections! With your guide, you will explore the less-traveled paths of the Arboretum on a brisk walk. You will get a chance to catch your breath and pause to hear about interesting plants along the way. Please dress appropriately.

In case of inclement weather, contact 617.384.5209.

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