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Health and Well-being
Kaiser, Blue Shield and LifeMatters® by Empathia are CSU vendors.
These courses are optional and all times are PST.

CSU - Medicare Retirement Workshop for CSU employees
Determine if you are eligible and when to enroll in Medicare or switch plans.
  • Multiple sessions through Thursday, December 22 - Register now
Changes for Healthy Living
Learn from those who have made successful changes and are maintaining a healthier life.
Health Talk: Infertility
Join Dr. Nikhil Joshi to learn about Kaiser Permanente's fertility services and the Centers for Reproductive Health.
Maximizing Exercise For Weight Loss
Learn more about the connection between exercise and weight loss.
Chair Exercise Demonstration
Learn how to achieve a full-body workout using your office chair.

Are current events causing you stress or making you anxious?
Has the pandemic left you feeling lonely or depressed?

We have help for you. SJSU has partnered with LifeMatters by Empathia for your counseling and employee assistance needs.

Please note, Empathia courses and services are only available to faculty and staff on the state side, not those in auxiliary organizations.
LifeMatters Orientation Video
Take a few minutes to learn about the great services available to you and your family through LifeMatters with this orientation video. (Password: spartans)
For more information call 1-800-367-7474 or visit (Password: spartans)
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 Take this quick ANONYMOUS survey and let us know what course(s) you're interested in.
7 Easy Ways to Improve Your Mental Health Right Now
Article by: Calm; Photo by: Canva

It’s easy to neglect your mental health. With looming deadlines, the stressful news cycle, and hardly any time to relax, often the first thing to get cut from our to-do lists is anything related to self-care. Let’s change that.

Calm’s Chief Purpose Officer Jay Shetty, a former monk, purpose coach and best-selling author, has seven suggestions — all starting with the letter -s.
  • Self-acknowledgement: Each day, remember to thank yourself at least once.
  • Sleep: A great night’s sleep can shift your outlook on life.
  • Support yourself: Practice supporting yourself by speaking to yourself in the language of love.
  • Seek awe: Awe makes us feel both humble, and more connected to the world around us.
  • Specify: When we label our negative feelings, we defuse them.
  • Solitude: Spend intentional time alone.
  • Serve: Research reveals that when we help others, we help ourselves.
Important Note: The Calm app is available to Kaiser Permanente members at no cost.
How to Practice Conscious Breathing to Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Article by: Healthline; Photo by: Canva

You may barely think about it, but it’s ever-present. Arguably, it’s one of the most important biological processes: It’s your breath.

Experts say that the average resting adult respirates - or draws breath - about 12 to 20 times per minute. That’s up to 28,800 breaths per day.

These breaths are unconscious for many, but it’s possible to harness your breath to become more aware of your body, your state of mind, and the present moment.

What is conscious breathing?

Conscious breathing generally describes the act of developing a soft awareness of your breath as it moves in and out of your body. This practice can help you achieve a state of calm and presence so you can engage more deeply with life.

Conscious breathing might also help you navigate difficult thoughts, emotions, and experiences, creating the space to respond with intention and objectivity.

In yoga philosophy, the breath serves as both the vehicle and the measuring stick for the practice of awareness. It can guide you to a deeper connection with your body, mind, and the world around you.

Benefit Fair 2022
Coming Soon - Mark Your Calendars!

The Employee Benefits and Services Fair will take place in-person on Thursday, September 29, 2022 from 10:00am - 2:00pm in the Student Union Ballroom.

As in previous years, our focus will be on the annual Benefits Open Enrollment period, however, this event will also showcase non-health vendors such as credit unions, gyms, SJSU departments, and more. If your department is interested in tabling at the Employee Benefits and Services Fair, please RSVP no later than Friday, August 12, 2022.

Please note, in addition to the in-person fair, the Chancellor's Office is hosting a virtual fair with the health benefits vendors on Wednesday, September 28.

More details on both events to follow!

If you have questions about this event, please contact Elizabeth Escobar or Tamela Sullivan.
10 Ways to Improve Parent Teacher Communication
Article and Photo by: SignUpGenius

Research supports the powerful results of parent involvement in our nation's schools. One of the most important factors driving increased parent participation is communication between parents and teachers.

When teachers communicate about academic progress, student behavior, and topics the class is studying, they build trust and engagement with parents. When there is a lack of communication, parents are often left to make assumptions that could be unhelpful.

Filling the communication void with information from the classroom helps to foster a positive and engaging relationship between parents and teachers. These tips can help parents and teachers connect and partner to support their child’s education and growth. 
10 Tips for Mastering Time Management at Work
Article and Photo by: Lucidchart

We’ve all experienced the woes of time management at work. You wake up hopeful and optimistic—not only will you meet all your deadlines, but you’ll hit the gym and make a healthy home-cooked meal, too.

Then life happens. You leave late, you hit traffic, and you arrive at your desk already frustrated with the world. Sitting down to finally knock out that project you’ve been procrastinating for weeks, you realize you’ve got back-to-back meetings until noon—and yes, you’re already late for the first one. 

The good news is that there are ways to reclaim those seemingly elusive lost hours of the day. It’s all about personal time management—manage your time instead of letting it manage you.
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Vaccinated SJSU staff and faculty as well as auxiliary employees and those in volunteer or other unpaid appointments are eligible for on-campus COVID-19 testing. Individuals participating in this program must have a completed vaccination attestation on file in SJSU @ Work. Those who have attested that they are not accessing campus may not participate at this time. Those with approved exemptions will continue to test through the mandatory testing program.

Please note, if you recently tested positive via a PCR test, you should not participate in this testing as the positive result will continue to show up for 90 days.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 you should not come to campus and should not participate in this testing. Contact our Leaves Unit for appropriate guidance and direction for next steps at 924-2155, 924-2148), or 924-2243.
Testing Steps and Requirements

You must be affiliated with SJSU to participate.

Asymptomatic testing will be held on Mondays and Tuesdays now through August 12.
  • TIME: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • LOCATION: Student Wellness Center (SWC) 122
  • YOU MUST BRING: Valid photo ID (SJSU Tower Card is recommended)
Appointments are required. You will be asked to enter your insurance information in order to be tested; there will be no out of pocket cost to you.
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Supplemental Paid Sick Leave (SPSL)

Signed by the Governor on February 9, 2022, SB 114 (SPSL) provides up to 80 hours (10 days) of COVID-related leave through September 30, 2022. The CSU has extended the program's deadline to December 31, 2022, and provides full pay during the leave. SPSL is available now for all non-represented and represented employees. 

If you have questions about this or any other leave program, please contact Yazmin Perez, Manager of Leaves, Workers' Comp and Accommodation Programs. She can be reached via email at or phone at 408-924-2155.
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Booster Shot Requirement

Chancellor's Office policy now includes a requirement for faculty, staff and students regarding vaccination and booster shots. All non-represented and represented employees (except Unit 1, UAPD), volunteers and auxiliary employees who are eligible for the booster and have not had their booster within 30 days of eligibility date and/or updated their SJSU @ Work record with the updated information are not in compliance with policy and may be subject to formal consequences. Deadlines for other represented employees will be announced soon.

Already received your booster shot? Update your Vaccine Attestation Record in SJSU @ Work with the date of the booster and your updated vaccination record. Details on how to do this can be found in the user guide.
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Housing Information

Landed: Home buying assistance through shared equity down payment program

Campus Sustainability Reminders 
  • Find more health and well-being resources in MyWell-being on the UP website
  • Email for full complimentary audiological evaluations and counseling regarding hearing conservation
  • KinderCare - Save 10% on full-time, part-time, and drop-in tuition for early childhood education or school-age distance learning programs
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Last Updated Aug 31, 2022