Health and wellness

Health and wellness - full spectrum

Our Work-Life Consulting team is actively involved in promoting a healthy campus community that empowers our employees to support each other and participate in maintaining their own health and wellbeing.

Our services actively promote practices of inclusion, respect, wellness, accessibility, safety and accommodation as the foundations of our healthy university community.

To ensure you have information on our programs we will be updating our wellness blog with articles and events:

https://onlineacademiccommunity.uvic.ca/wellness/

Our Services:

Balanced living

Our health and wellbeing is defined by a number of interconnected parts. We have a number of tools and resources to help you maintain balance and improve your overall wellness

Central Accommodation Fund

The Central Accommodation Fund has been established by the University to assist in the fulfilment of its legal duty to accommodate university employees with disabilities.

Employee and family assistance program

UVic staff and faculty and dependents can find support through our employee and family assistance program (EFAP). The program is designed to provide you with information, advice and support to help you navigate many of life's milestones.

Ergonomics

Our ergonomics program actively promotes practices to ensure the health and safety of all of our employees.

Mental health and wellbeing

UVIC is committed to fostering environments for work and study that are safe, supportive, inclusive and healthy, encourage mutual respect and civility, while recognizing that people are our primary strength.

Return to work

We have a collaborative process to help employees Return to Work (RTW)/stay at work involving departments, unions, staff and faculty members. The program provides a planned approach to returning or remaining at work following an injury or illness, whether occupational or non-occupational.

WorkSafeBC claims

UVic is committed to managing workplace hazards through proactive health and safety management and injury prevention programs. When a workplace injury does occur there is also a commitment to support an employee’s recovery and accommodate them to remain at work or their timely return to work in a safe and sustainable manner.

About Work Life Consulting

The work life consulting team manages the absence and disability management program (short-term illness/injury, return to work and medical accommodations) along with coordinating health promotion initiatives for staff and faculty.

As a part of the strategic HR team, the Work Life Consultants provide advice, guidance and consultation to client departments, faculties and staff in the area of disability management in the workplace.

Work life consultants

Each department has an assigned Work Life Consultant (WLC) to provide support in the following ways:

  • Providing consultation, guidance and coaching in the areas of health related absence management, return to work, accommodation and disability management.
  • Working with assigned portfolios to develop and implement best practices consistent with university policy and procedures, collective agreements, human rights legislation and case law.
  • Facilitating, negotiating and implementing a variety of return to work and/or medical accommodation plans for employees with disabilities.
  • Managing the university’s central accommodation fund.
  • Collaborating with specialists within and outside of HR (e.g. HR consultants, Benefits, Labour Relations, HRIS, EQHR) to help the leaders achieve a positive and productive outcome in the workplace.
  • Communicating and liaising with stakeholders, including employees, union representatives, leaders, third party insurance carriers (LTD, WorkSafeBC and ICBC), rehabilitation providers, physicians, and lawyers.
  • Collaborating and coordinating with university departments (e.g. OHSE, Athletics and Recreation Services, EQHR) and external resources (EFAP programs, community resources) to increase employee awareness and access to healthy lifestyles, behaviours and coping skills.

The WLC team has divided UVic faculties and departments into portfolios of responsibility. Find out your WLC by visiting our contact page.

Employee and family assistance program (EFAP)

UVic staff and faculty and dependents can find support through our employee and family assistance program (EFAP). The program is designed to provide you with information, advice and support to help you navigate many of life's milestones.