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Current Month Happenings: February

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UC Davis receives the 2017 Worklife Seal of Distinction

UC Davis total rewards programs (benefits provided to employees beyond salary) and worklife initiatives - and the employees who help deliver them – recently received the WorldatWork 2017 Seal of Distinction.  UC Davis has received this international honor for the past five years, in large part because of the work of Human Resources’ WorkLife and Wellness team. Their programs and those of its partners, combined with the policies in place at the Davis campus and UC Davis Health, aim to improve the wide range of benefits UC Davis extends to staff, faculty, retirees and students.

“UC Davis strives to effectively support the 21st century workforce through established benefits, policies and programs,” said Barbara Ashby, manager of WorkLife and Wellness. “This award acknowledges the many policies, units, and programs spread throughout UC Davis, that all work together to enhance employee satisfaction and engagement,”

UC Davis was notified of the award on Jan. 20 along with UC Irvine, UC San Diego and UCLA Health. Nominee organizations are evaluated on factors including their policies, leadership commitment to programs, and employee accessibility to those programs. UC Davis scored particularly well in the categories: caring for dependents, workplace flexibility, financial wellness and development opportunities.  

From award-winning breastfeeding support programs and free counseling services, to advocacy for alternative work schedules and informative brown bags; UC Davis makes these investments to retain and develop the talented individuals who are a part of UC Davis. Enabling employees to better integrate their careers with their personal lives is one important step toward that goal.

Thank you to all employees that make this workplace award-winning! 

YCRC's annual 40-Hour Mediation Certificate Training 

The YCRC Conflict Resolution and Mediation certificate training addresses all of State of California's Dispute Resolution Program's Act of 1986 regulations for training (Article 3, Section 3622).  The 40–hour training program includes lectures, discussions, communication skills exercises, and mediation process role-play. April 13 and 20, 6:00-10:00 and April 22,23,29,30, 9:00-6:00, Davis Senior Center, Cost is $600.00.  To attend this training, fill out a Training Application. To apply for a scholarship, fill out a Scholarship Application.

Being Mortal Screening and Discussion at UCDH

Thursday, April 13, 3:00-5:00

JOIN US for a free screening and discussion of the PBS FRONTLINE film Being Mortal. Based on the best-selling book by Atul Gawande, MD, this documentary explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the physicians who treat them.  UCDMC Mind Institite Auditorium 1115, 2825 50th Street, Sacramento. Please RSVP by April 3.  Sponsored by WorkLife and Wellness, Yolo Hospice, UC Davis Hospice and UC Davis Health ASAP.

Financial Literacy Series 

In partnership with the Travis Credit Union, the Yolo County Library is offering a series of free monthly workshops in 2017 to support and build community knowledge of budget and financial literacy. 

All are welcome to attend the following workshops held every third Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the Blanchard Room of the Mary L. Stephens Davis Branch Library, located at 315 E. 14th Street.

February 15: Get It Together: Organize your Financial Records

March 15: Solving the Mystery of Credit Reports

April 19: Ten Steps to Financial Success

May 17: Drive Away Happy, Car Buying Decisions

July 19: Mad City Money (activity for youths ages 14-22)

August 16: Identity Theft

Sept 20: College Financing 101

October 18: Psychology of Spending

November 15: Home Buyer Education

Yolo Hospice Grief Support Multiweek Groups

Exploring Your Grief, 8-week group: Wednesdays, January 25 – March 15, 10 am to noon. Woodland Senior Center, 2001 East St, Woodland. Through discussion, education and expressive arts, receive the benefit of sharing with and learning from others how to navigate the grief process.  For those at least 3 months from their loss.  Register by Friday, January 20th. Space is limited. (530) 758-5566 or (800) 491-7711

Reinvesting in Life After Loss, 6-week group: Mondays, January 30 – March 13, 1 to 3 pm. Support for sorting through who you are now and how to begin anew after the death of a loved one.  For those at least one year from their loss.  Please register by Thursday, January 26th. Space is limited. (530) 758-5566 or (800) 491-7711

Choices in Caring, Advance Care Planning Classes

Dignity Health has a monthly class about Advance Care Planning presented by Dr. Jeffrey Yee. The class is held at 1:00 pm, the fourth friday of every month at Woodland Medical Office, 632 W. Gibson Road, Education Classroom. For more information or to register please call 530-668-2600.

Empower Yolo offers Play School Experience

All Play School Experienc groups are free to the community. You can drop in at anytime during the group.

Davis: DCCNS playrooms, 412 C St. (Enter through the gate on fourth street), 530-757-1261, program director Jessica Olivares; meets Mondays and Wednesdays for children from birth to age 5, 10-11:30am.

Woodland: 175 Walnut St., 530-406-7221, program director Lizbeth Alverado; meets Tuesdays for 2-5 year olds, 11:30am-12:30pm. and Thursdays for children from birth to age 2, 10-11am.

Connection Cafe

Get up to speed with technology. Meets first and third Monday from 6 to 8p.m. at 646 A St., the Davis Senior Center. This drop-in program invites visitors of any age to bring in their own device (cell phone, tablet, laptop). For more information, call (530) 757.5696

Caregiver Support Group

Worklife and Wellness and the Women's Resource and Research Center will be hosting a facilitated monthly support group for staff, retirees and students who are caring for an adult who is sick, disabled or fragile with age. The group will be facilitated by clinical psychologist Dr.Louise Bettner, PhD, on the second Friday of each month, starting July 8 from 12:00-1:00 in the WRRC Conference Room, North Hall, Davis campus. No reservation necessary, just show up.

Financial Wellness Workshops

Departments/units can arrange with SAFE Credit Union to have a financial education specialist come to your workplace and present on various Financial Wellness topics. Please contatct worklife@ucdavis to obtain the contact information for the SAFE representative to schedule.

Departments/units can arrange for our UC Davis Fidelity Retirement Counselor to come to a meeting or you can attend one of the general classes offered to employees.  These are not "just for retirement" but financial workshops that can help you take control of your finances with knowledge. Print out this PDF for your next staff meeting and make a group decision to improve your financial wellness!

AARP Offers Tax-prep Service

March- April 12  FREE tax preparation and assistance is available by appointment for seniors and low- and moderate-income taxpayer. Taxpayer should take their 2015 tax return (unless this is the first time they are filing) 

  • Location: Davis Senior Center, 646 A St. 
  • When: Mondays from 8:30 to 11:30AM, Tuesdays from 1:00-5:00PM, and Wednesdays from 12:00 to 8:30PM
  • Call 530-757-5696 for an appointment