Stress Management at GRC

Posted on behalf of the Environmental Health and Safety Committee. The Environmental Health and Safety Committee evaluates and recommends ways to make our work environment safer for employees and students.

stressWhile stress may not be a physical or visible safety concern, it is still a concern. Everyone deals with some level of stress on a daily basis. Sometimes work pressures can increase an already high stress level. The approaching holiday season can also compound stress levels, making even simple tasks seem overwhelming. If left unchecked, stress can have many effects on our mental and physical well-being. The good news is that there are many resources to help manage stress and daily steps you can take to minimize its effects.

Getting outside for just a few minutes and breathing fresh air can make a big difference in how we handle stressful situations. Just getting up from your desk and walking around anywhere can help. Interacting with co-workers, eating lunch together and having a chance to laugh or smile can boost your mood immediately.

One of the many benefits to working at Green River College is the amazing setting. There are several miles of trails right outside the doors of our buildings. Walking along those trails is a great way to reduce stress levels. On sunny days, you can even walk out and see Mt. Rainier!

If you are feeling stressed please visit some of the following links to get tips on how to cope. There are many other resources not included here, and Green River College also makes counseling services available to both employees and students.

https://www.greenriver.edu/campus/campus-resources/counseling-services/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/coping-with-stress/art-20048369

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/work-stress.aspx

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/stress-in-the-workplace.htm

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It’s Open Enrollment Time!

OPEN ENROLLMENT RUNS FROM NOVEMBER 1st – 30th

Changes you can make:Open Enrollment

  • Change your medical or dental plan, including waiving for an eligible reason;
  • Add or remove an eligible dependent;
  • Enroll or re-enroll in Medical Flexible Spending or Dependent Care Assistance Program

For more detailed information, see the latest For Your Benefit Newsletter:

https://www.hca.wa.gov/assets/pebb/state-higher-education-newsletter-1710.pdf

 

Get Your Flu Shot!

Student Affairs and the Office of Human Resources & Legal Affairs are teaming up to bring you the annual flu immunization clinic by the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association.  The clinic will be held on Thursday, November 9th from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in theFlu Shot Emerald Room in the Student Union.

You don’t need to sign up for your flu shot, just show up with your completed Patient Consent Form on the day of the clinicSVNA also recommends you bring your insurance card to the clinic.  Completion of the Patient Consent Form prior to the clinic helps for a smooth flow and decreased wait time.

SVNA provides the standard Trivalent (three strains) or the Quadrivalent (four strains). The nurses carry a small amount of Thimerosal-Free (preservative free) which they offer to pregnant women as required by WA State regulations. The nurse may accommodate a request by non-pregnant participants for the T-Free vaccine if there are enough doses available at the time of the clinic.  SVNA generally gives the standard Trivalent vaccine to all non-pregnant participants unless requested otherwise.  SVNA does not offer the high dose vaccine for those over 65 years old, the egg-free vaccine, flu mist (nasal spray) or pneumonia vaccine.

Download a Patient Consent Form:  http://www.seattlevna.com/2017_Patient_Consent_Form_8-15-2017.pdf

What are the payment options?

  1. SVNA can bill directly for nearly all major insurance plans (they will be able to bill your PEBB Uniform or Kaiser plans).  The insurance information will be provided by you on the Patient Consent Form.  SVNA recommends you bring your insurance card to the clinic.
  2. Pay cash/check – If a participant is uninsured or if it’s a plan SVNA does not bill, the participant may pay in cash or by check at the time the vaccination is given.  SVNA does not take credit cards.  The standard Trivalent is $30; Quadrivalent is $40 and Thimerosal Free is $35.

 

If you have questions:  email sgordon@greenriver.edu or jhatleberg@greenriver.edu

Introducing: The Environmental Health and Safety Committee

Welcome to the new school year!  We’d like to introduce the Environmental Health and Safety Committee (EHSC).  The committee meets monthly to review and evaluate campus environmental health and safety issues, work on training, and make recommendations to the college.

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Every building on campus has a representative on the committee.  Representatives are elected each Spring Quarter to serve for the following year.

If you have concerns, you can talk to your building representative at any time.  The committee meets the first Monday of every month at 1:00 in the Board Room, and you are always welcome to attend.

Committee Charter

Minutes

Who do I contact if I see a potential health or safety hazard?

·         If it’s an immediate threat, call Safety at x2250 or x3350.

·         If it’s building- or grounds-related, you can call Facilities at x3333.  Don’t assume Facilities already knows about the situation; please call them if you see an issue.

·         You can talk to your EHSC representative at any time.

 

Adrienne Palmer x2741 CH
Amanda Clifford x2400 SU
Anicah Anderson x5003 Enumclaw/Kent/Auburn ext.
Connie Jones x2156 SH
Darlene Oathout x2313 RLC
Marvin Viney x2251 Campus Safety
Erin Tyler x4231 SC
Howard Valenzuela x4111 TT
Jennifer Dysart x2094 HL
Jenny Park x2503 SA/PE
Lauren Cline x4217 Health Services Representative
Marshall Sampson x3320 VP of HR and representing administration
Pete (Guadalupe) Morales x3606 CCA
Rob Olson x3386 Facilities
Robin Bowles x4278 PA
Rocco Wheatley x2595 HR
Ronald Riley x4859 SH
Scott Hemingway x3381 FO/WT
Seth Deister x2136 IV
Spunky Robinson x4418 TC
Tammy Shilipetar x2604 AD

MetLife Advantages

Posted on behalf of Sheryl Gordon, Benefits Manager

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MetLife Advantages

By now most of us are aware that our life insurance company changed to MetLife during the last Open Enrollment, but are you aware that if you are enrolled in MetLife life insurance through Green River – as an eligible employee – you have access to free services for support, planning and protection when you need it most?

MetLife Advantages” is a comprehensive suite of valuable services that offers free product services to you and your family, such as will preparation and estate resolution services.

The services are offered by third-party vendors, but free for those enrolled in MetLife.*

Find out more about the program here, MetLife Advantages Program. Scroll down and click on the green “Sign in to MyBenefits” link.   (Note: you do not need to sign in –just click on the “Group Life Insurance” tab at the top of the page, then click on the “MetLife Advantages link).

*Note: some services require that you be enrolled in “supplemental” life insurance (more than just the employer-paid basic coverage) in order to utilize the particular resource.

Emotional Distress & Substance Abuse

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Workplace woes

EMOTIONAL DISTRESS
& SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Recognize At-Risk Employees

When life takes an unexpected turn for the worse, individuals may increase the use of alcohol, prescription medications, or illegal drugs. This creates a genuine threat to safety in the workplace.

What causes this to occur?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), traumatic events often take place with little warning, creating turmoil for those affected. The feelings of sadness, grief, and anger caused by the event are often coped with by the use of drugs or alcohol.

Research studies have confirmed the link between substance abuse and emotional distress. For example, one such study found that smoking, alcohol consumption, and marijuana use increased among the residents of Manhattan, New York after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Those who increased the usage of cigarettes and marijuana were also found to be at higher risk of experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

How can you help?

By recognizing signs that an employee is experiencing life challenges, and subsequently providing access to resources which can help with recovery, adverse risks can be greatly reduced.

It’s important to know the warning signs of distress:

  • Sleep deprivation
  • Stomach aches or headaches
  • Feelings of anger
  • Extreme sadness
  • Constant worrying
  • Lack of energy
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Difficulty connecting with others
  • Rejecting help from others

Should you suspect an employee is currently experiencing a traumatic life event, encourage them to seek help through agencies such as SAMHSA, that offers a confidential, 24/7 Disaster Distress Helpline.

With proper care and treatment, it is possible for individuals to get back on their feet and resume living a quality life. Together, we can help them down this path.

U.S. HealthWorks – 8 Tips to Better Manage the Time Change

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US Health Works Time Change

Rested. Focused. Productive.

a healthy transition to daylight saving time

Helpful Tips for Your Employees

  1. Get ample sleep. Commit to 7-8 hours every night.
  2. Keep a fixed schedule. Maintain consistent sleep and wake times.
  3. Exercise regularly. Even moderate exercise can improve sleep.
  4. Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed. Both interfere with sleep habits.
  5. Eat a light dinner. Avoid heavy meals and finish eating 2-3 hours before bed.
  6. Relax before bed. Read a book, listen to music, or take a bath.
  7. Create a sanctuary. Your room should be cool, quiet, and free of distractions.
  8. Invest in a good mattress. Make sure it provides ample comfort and support.

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