EWLRC is a virtual center that offers a broad range of resources and information including dependent care, workplace flexibility, financial, and health & wellness resources. The website contains information for everyone to help them be more productive both at work and at home. Dependent care programs have been created to help employees meet the full life-cycle of their caregiving needs. Whether the individual has a child going off to college, or has a child or adult with disabilities or special health care concerns – including elder care, the center offers assistance.
WorkLife staff has spent their first year, assessing the dependent care needs of the university and developing resources to begin to help faculty, staff and graduate students with workplace flexibility. In addition, they have also centralized a substantial amount of resources available here at Emory in areas of financial planning, health & wellness, and taking time. Prior to the virtual center’s existence, these materials were decentralized and very time consuming to locate. The advantage of having the materials available online is that it allows the Emory community to explore and review it at their own convenience.
Emory’s dependent care program specialist, Audrey Adelson, has worked with local child care providers over the past year to build the Emory Child Care Network. As of April 2010, the Emory WorkLife Resource Center has ten organizations in its Child Care Network, with approximately 200 different locations throughout metro Atlanta. Providers in the network offer a discount and/or priority admission to employees and students of Emory. Ms. Adelson and the EWLRC Director John Kosky, have been working with several professional work-life consulting companies including BrownRichards & Associates and Bright Horizons Family Solutions on a comprehensive dependent care needs assessment that will help guide the direction of future dependent care programming at Emory moving forward.
Aaronnette Jackson began working with EWLRC in April 2009. Over the past year Ms. Jackson helped to enlist the assistance of several local organizations in hosting some highly attended workshops that focused on financial planning and promoted them to the Emory community. She assisted Dependent Care staff in the planning of the 1st Summer Camp & Learning Expo hosted by EWLRC. Ms. Jackson has also served as the center’s main technology support working daily behind the scenes to maintain the website and making sure that it is kept fresh and up to date. She has additionally been focusing a great deal of time on learning how to incorporate technology more into the center’s programming including the creation of webinars, podcasts, and online meeting arrangements.
The center has also developed an educational series on workplace flexibility that will be available in two parts. Part I focuses on first line supervisors and middle managers and provides tools and information to assist with implementation of flexibility initiatives. Part 2 of the educational series is designed for staff, which will guide them through the process of requesting a flexibility arrangement and assessing the appropriateness of alternative work arrangements that recognize personal work styles, job responsibilities, and the needs of the organization. These programs are expected to be offered later this summer.
Additional Key Highlights from Year 1
Established a governance structure, to include an executive steering committee and advisory group.
Conducted a comprehensive dependent care needs assessment, including an employee survey.
Identified gaps in the current dependent care network and developed an action plan to address gaps.
In collaboration with the Emory University Career Center, developed a program to help link Emory families with Emory students for work-life services including child care needs (as well as other dependent care and household responsibilities).
Created tip sheets to help employees select and evaluate quality dependent care providers
Invited guest speakers to present on various dependent care topics including child care, services for the aging, and elder law.
Sponsored a Back to School campaign during summer 2009.
Held Emory’s first Summer Camp & Learning Expo and Online Summer Camp Directory in February 2010.
Created a caregiver support group on the Oxford campus.The group launched in the Oxford community in October and it is open to the public
Published Principles of Alternative Work in June 2009
Stay tuned for a more detailed 2009-10 WorkLife Annual Report, which will be available on our website. Please visit www.worklife.emory.edu for more information on upcoming events and resources offered by Emory or outside organizations.
Please visit us at Staff Fest on May 14 to celebrate our 1st Anniversary!