Stress Management Support through GVSU

Encompass, GVSU's Employee Assistance Program

Life can be full of stressors, large and small, at home and at work. Fortunately, there is a place to turn. Encompass is your link to information, resources, support, and referrals on most any concern that you may experience, whether personal or work related. Let us assist you in getting the information and answers that you need, get you on the right track again, and take some of the stress out of your life. Encompass can assist with:

•   Stress management
•   Marriage and family relationship counseling
•   Grief and loss
•   Personal Relationships
•   Marriage and Family Issues
•   Nontraditional Family Issues
•   Mental Health
•   Violence and Crisis


 Work Place Options: Part of GVSU's Employee Assistance Program

Through Encompass, Work Place Options offers resources and referrals for most any life event  to GVSU faculty, staff and their dependents.

  • Child Care Resource and Referrals
  • Elder Care Resource and Referrals
  • Legal services
  • Financial Counseling
  • Convenience Services
  • Free Literature
  • 5 Free Counseling Sessions

For more information, call Work Place Options at 1-800-952-3586 and press #4, visit, or contact Sue Sloop, 1-616-331-2215  ext. 18011 or, email Sue at

Flexible Work Arrangements

Work-life balance is about people having a measure of control over when, where and how they work. GVSU recognizes the importance of their faculty and staff maintaining this balance to retain a healthy lifestyle. In an effort to maintain this balance, GVSU strives to provide flexible work arrangements, in appropriate areas, that mutually benefit students, the individual, departments, campus and society.

Recognizing the increasing demands that staff and faculty members face in both their personal and work lives, GVSU offers comprehensive flexible work guidelines by providing a website devoted to workplace flexibility that includes a description of various flexible work schedule options; the pros, the cons, guidelines for requesting or implementing workplace flexibility and a Q&A page. Tips are available to assist managers on how to consider a flexible work schedule for their area.

There are many instances of flexible work arrangements at GVSU today, however, flexible work schedules may or may not work in every area of the university. But with the GVSU Workplace Flexibility Toolkit, managers and staff will be able to make an informed decision, within their work area, to determine if workplace flexibility will work for the department and for individual employees.

For more information, view the FWA brochure, visit, or contact Sue Sloop at


Faculty and Staff Fitness Classes

As GVSU campus becomes more health-conscious, there has been an increased focus on the importance of exercise. Many people exercise to control weight and get in better physical condition to become more healthy or physically attractive, but exercise and stress management are also closely linked.  That's right, research suggests that physical activity may be linked to lower physiological reactivity toward stress. Simply put, those who get more exercise may become less affected by the stress they face. So, in addition to all the other benefits, exercise may supply some immunity toward future stress as well as a way to cope with current stress; a great reason to become involved in GVSU Faculty and Staff Fitness Classes.


Personalized Health Coaching Services

What is health coaching and why should I participate?
What is the disease management program and why should I participate?

One on one telephonic coaching is available to benefit eligible GVSU faculty, staff and their dependents at no cost to the member. Topics range from nutrition and weight management to stress management. Members contact their provider directly and set goals to accomplish desired behavior changes. Qualified Health Coaches help direct and provide resources to help members meet their goals in a confidential and personalized manner.

Specific programs vary by provider. Contact your provider directly to enroll:




Susan Sloop, Work Life Consultant
GVSU Human Resources
Phone: (616) 331-2215, Fax: (616) 331-3216

Page last modified January 22, 2014