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What We Need? Staff Health Coaches
A new team of three “health coaches” for the staff?
However nobody is talking about restoring the cuts to administrative support in academic departments, or about staffing Dick’s House so that students can get assistance when they need it — both are areas that were trimmed as part of Kim’s budget effort. Why not? The answer is easy: in the long-existing hierarchy of priorities at Dartmouth College, the staff always comes before the faculty and students. Somehow, even in these straitened times, there is money in the budget for new health coaches and even cash incentives to encourage the staff to work with them:
Annual financial incentives of up to $200 will also be available as part of the Dartmouth Wellness Initiative. Employees who participate in the health screenings will receive $50. Those who meet with a health coach at least twice will receive $50 and there will be a $100 incentive available for taking an online health assessment on the Cigna website (available in January). These financial incentives are available to all benefits-eligible active employees, regardless of whether they are enrolled in the Dartmouth health plan.
This kind of thing would be funny, if it weren’t so costly.
Of course, the above initiative relates only to employee wellness; the mental health of the staff at Dartmouth has been taken care of for some time now. The below notice appears regularly to encourage staffers to enjoy the eight annual therapy sessions that are their contractual right. Come discuss, umm, “whatever challenges your world.”
A little background on the Faculty/ Employee Assistance Program (F/EAP)
The Faculty/Employee Assistance Program (F/EAP) is a free, confidential, professional counseling service for members of the Dartmouth College faculty and staff and their families. Up to eight counseling sessions are provided annually, and usually these can be scheduled at a time convenient for the employee/family member. Additional sessions can be scheduled for new problems that may arise. The F/EAP reflects a commitment on the part of the College to assist employees seeking help in resolving any problem, whether personal or vocational, that ultimately may affect job performance. The program is staffed by 2 licensed counselors and a program assistant. The office is located on the second floor of the Nugget Arcade, suite 204. Visits, however, are not office bound. Counselors can meet in settings that may be more comfortable or convenient than the office. Also, there are satellite offices located at the Tuck School, HOP, Centerra, DHMC, and Baker-Berry Library. [Emphasis added]
One would think that employees could deal with personal and emotional issues during their five to eight weeks of annual vacation (depending on length of service).
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…