Balancing Personal and Professional Life
Here are resources, tips, information, and services to help you deal with issues in your personal and professional life.
Work/Life Balance Resources
See our NEW listing of resources across campus and in Austin for establishing and maintaining a healthy balance between work and your personal life. There’s something for everyone, from UT Austin youth camps to eldercare, and from library locations to legal resources. Have a look!
Tips and Information
- Assertiveness Skills — Assertiveness is the ability to positively and constructively state your rights or needs without violating the rights of others.
- Caregiver Stress — Caregiver stress is the emotional strain of caregiving that results from the unique pressures and demands placed on caregivers.
- Choosing a Therapist — Selecting a therapist who is the right fit is important.
- Coping with the Blues — Everyone experiences the blues from time to time.
- Understanding Depression — Depression is a common mental illness that affects nearly 10 percent of the people in the United States. It is a treatable, medical condition—not a personal weakness.
- Dealing with Personal Stress and Change — Stress and change in your personal life can present unique challenges.
- Dealing with Workplace Changes and Job Transitions — Changes at your workplace and/or job transitions can be very stressful.
You or others in your department may currently face the challenge of caring for aging parents or other loved ones. This can be a daunting task, so the EAP offers services to help you balance work, family, and the care of aging relatives. The eldercare specialist on the Work/Life Balance and EAP staff can help you connect with eldercare resources throughout Austin or can meet with you individually to talk about your specific situation. If you are interested in learning more about eldercare resources at the university or in the Austin area, , or a personal consultation, contact Work/Life Balance and EAP at 512-471-3366 to arrange a phone consultation or appointment.
Flexible Work Arrangements
Flexible work arrangements, such as telecommuting, compressed work weeks, and flexible working hours/flextime, may be good options for increasing your sense of work/life balance. For this reason, Work/Life Balance and EAP provides consultation for employees about proposing and evaluating flexible work arrangements. Call 512-471-3366 if you would like to meet with a counselor about how to propose a flexible work arrangements to your supervisor or manager.
Some members of our university community may require a quiet place to rest due to medical reasons, and nursing mothers may need a private area in the workplace for lactation. If you have either of these needs, you or someone in your department may consult with the Work/Life Balance Program about setting up a lactation/quiet room in or near your building. These areas can either be temporary arrangements or permanent sites funded by your department. You should only use these rooms during the lunch hour, on breaks, before or after your work hours, or using your accrued leave time unless work time has been granted by your supervisor. If you are interested in setting up a lactation/quiet room, contact the Work/Life Balance Program at 512-471-3366.
Support for Pre-Tenure Faculty
Pre-tenure faculty may wish to participate in this multi-session group offered once a year that deals with pre-tenure work/life balance issues. See the work/life calendar of events for upcoming groups.