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Work/Life Resources help individuals and departments effectively manage personal, family, and community life with work. Whether you are having a baby, helping your aging parent, or negotiating a flexible work schedule, Work/Life Resources can provide information and resources to point you toward success.

Resources

Virginia Tech employees and students have access to a variety of different discounts, both online and locally. Find out more by visiting the HR discounts page.

Virginia Tech helps support employees and their loved ones. Our employees create a culture of excellence at work and at home and help make Virginia Tech a rigorous academic institution and an employer of choice.

To assist employees in taking care of loved ones, Hokie Wellness provides resources in finding child care, elder care, and pet care assistance.

Flexible work options (FWO) are alternatives to the traditional "8-to-5" workday, the standard workweek, or the traditional workplace. FWO can help employees balance work and personal responsibilities while meeting business needs and objectives. 

Supervisors can also use FWO to promote productivity, improve job satisfaction, and develop management and leadership skills. Flexibility can enhance recruitment and retention of valuable employees. 

There are two types of FWO available:

Telework (or Telecommuting)

Telework, also called telecommuting, is the execution of all or part of job responsibilities at an alternate work site for a minimum of eight hours per week or 32 hours a month. Occasional telework does not require the completion of a telework agreement.

Important Documents

Alternative Work Schedules

Alternative Work Schedules differ from the standard Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. workweek.

Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Variable starting and ending times with employee still working the required 40 hours per week. No agreement is required for schedules that vary one hour or less from standard hours.
  • Compressed Work Week - a full work week condensed into fewer than five days or two full-time work weeks compressed into nine days.

Important Documents

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Virginia Tech is proud to support nursing moms with a network of facilities located throughout the Blacksburg campus. Virginia Tech Policy 4300 supports employees requesting lactation support for up to a year after the birth of a child. Additional information can be in the 2010 amendment to Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Who is Eligible?

The rooms are available to Virginia Tech employees and students, as well as visitors who contact Hokie Wellness for access information.

Register

Registration is required prior to using the room. Register online by completing this short form. For more information, contact Hokie Wellness at 540-231-8878.

  • Do not give the pass code to anyone who has not registered.
  • Women should sign up for time slots in the notebook provided in each room. It is only necessary to sign up a week or two in advance.
  • This room is for you. Feel free to put up baby pictures on the bulletin board, post messages to others, or bring in articles or magazines for others to share. The literature on parenting and child development is for your use as well.
  • If you need to store small items (snacks, books, etc.) in the cabinets, please do so at your own risk.
  • If the room needs cleaning or supplies, contact housekeeping services for the building. With other problems, notify Hokie Wellness.
  • Some rooms are equipped with hospital grade Lactina pumps.
  • If you use a pump, please wipe it down with an approved solution after each use.
  • The personal accessory kit for the Lactina pump is available by calling the MRH Lactation Consultants at 540-953-5409.
  • If the pump is not working correctly, contact Hokie Wellness.
  • Burruss Hall, 3rd floor
  • Classroom Building, room B08
  • Smith Career Center, main level
  • Davidson Hall, 4th floor, room D12
  • Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building I, 1st floor, across from elevator
  • Kelly Hall , 4th floor
  • Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS) I, 4th floor, across from elevator
  • Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS) II, main level
  • Integrated Life Sciences building
  • Latham Hall, 2nd floor, next to room 203
  • Lavery Hall, 3rd floor, room 305
  • Life Sciences I, 2nd floor
  • Moss Center for the Arts, 2nd floor, located in the hallway across from the upper gallery, near the Turner Street entrance
  • New Hall West, basement
  • Newman Library, 3rd floor
  • North End Center, 3rd floor
  • Public Safety Building, first floor
  • Steger Hall
  • Surge Building, room 170F
  • VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine, main floor
  • Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, building 1, first floor
  • Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, building 2, room 159
  • Corporate Research Center, research building XV, room 1200B
  • Corporate Research Center, Andrews Information System building
  • Wallace Hall, 3rd floor

La Leche League Support

La Leche League was founded to give information and encouragement, mainly through personal help, to all mothers who want to breast feed their babies. While complementing the care of the physician and other health care professionals, it recognizes the unique importance of one mother helping another to perceive the needs of her child and to learn the best means of fulfilling those needs.

CDC

Most mothers want to breastfeed but stop early due to a lack of ongoing support. Certain factors make the difference in whether and how long infants are breastfed. For more information on why breastfeeding matters, what CDC is doing to increase breastfeeding rates, and how we are making a difference, click here to learn more.

Office on Women’s Health

Research shows that breastfeeding provides many health benefits for you and your baby. However, it also can be difficult to manage breastfeeding in today’s hurried world. Learning all you can before you give birth can help. The decision to breastfeed is a personal one. As a new mom, you deserve support no matter how you decide to feed your baby. Click here to learn more.

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Evidence continues to mount regarding the value of breastfeeding for both women and their infants. The College strongly supports breastfeeding and provides resources to help Fellows, other health care professionals caring for women and their infants, hospitals, and employers to support women in choosing to breastfeed their infants. Click here to learn more.

American Academy of Pediatrics

Learn more about resources from the AAP.

Hokie Wellness maintains a list of students who are interested in providing part-time child care, child care during Virginia Tech football games, elder care, tutoring, pet sitting, house sitting, yard work, and more. This list is updated each semester and for the summer. The list is only distributed to members of the Virginia Tech community, upon request. Requesters can contact the student(s) whom they feel will best meet their needs.

Individuals Seeking Current Student List

To learn more about our Virginia Tech Student List or to request the list, contact Hokie Wellness at hokiewellness@vt.edu.

Interested Students List

Students who are interested in providing child care, child care during Virginia Tech football games, elder care, tutoring, pet sitting, light housework, running errands, house sitting, yard work, computer assistance, please fill out the application below. Employment is not guaranteed.

Submit the form below to be considered for student employment:

Before submitting the application, check to make sure the following is provided:

  • Days and hours available
  • Relevant training/experience
  • Relationship with references

Once completed please send applications to hokiewellness@vt.edu.

This list is updated each semester and for the summer. The list is then distributed to Virginia Tech and surrounding communities, upon request. Requesters will contact the student(s) whom they feel will best meet their needs.

Our Student Listing is sent to only Virginia Tech employees, and we often have little information on these individuals. To our knowledge, those who contact us are honest and caring, looking for the best student to meet their need. Therefore, they should not object to your thorough and thoughtful consideration to the job offer. 

In the same way that we encourage families to check references and conduct interviews before hiring a student to be in their homes, you may wish to do the same. Unless you already know someone (e.g. as a professor or through a friend) you may want to follow a few safety precautions to ensure the most positive experience:

  • Check references. Ask for references from the family if you do not know them personally. Acceptable references could include: a former child care provider, someone who works at the child’s child care center, someone from their job or church, or a neighbor. 

  • Conduct an interview. Both students and families should thoroughly interview potential matches. Conduct the interview with questions that are most important to you. Take the time to get your questions answered to your satisfaction so that you can make a decision you are comfortable with. This does not have to be a formal interview, but should provide you with better knowledge of the job you may be accepting.

  • Communicate with courtesy, respect, and honesty, and take jobs you know you can handle.

  • Know your job. How many children you may be caring for, special instructions, hours you will be working, etc. Ask questions if you are unsure of guidelines or expectations!

  • Trust your instincts. If you are uncomfortable about accepting an opportunity, or returning—trust yourself! You should always feel comfortable with the those that hired you. If issues arise with families who contact you from our list, please let us know.

Discounted Weight Watchers Programs Available to State Employees

The Commonwealth of Virginia and Weight Watchers are committed to helping Virginia Tech employees achieve their weight-loss goals and improve overall health by offering two options to employees: digital and digital + workshops.

Weight Watchers is no longer holding in-person meetings. Please see the digital + workshops for more information.

Eligibility for State Pricing

Employees enrolled in a state health plan are eligible for the new price of $19.11 per month for digital + workshops and $8.48 for digital membership. Employees not enrolled in a state health plan, spouses, and adult dependents are eligible for the discounted price of $38.22 per month for digital + workshops and $16.96 for digital membership.

Digital + Workshop

The cost for digital + workshop memberships is now $19.11 payable by credit card, debit card, or PayPal, which renews monthly until cancelled by the member. As indicated, WW has decided to discontinue Workshops in the Workplace. This decision was based upon many factors, including WW's aim to focus further on digitally-led solutions and the myriad of changes in workplace environments today. As such, the difficult decision was made to hold WW Workshops exclusively virtually and in-person at WW Studios which are reopening over the course of the summer. You may check to see if our local Studio has reopened on the Studio Finder. Please note that there are no changes to your monthly pricing as a result of this update.

Meeting as a group of colleagues to cheer each other on has been an important part of the experience for WW. Join the new Private Virtual Workshop. Guided by a WW Coach, you will still have an opportunity to come together weekly for a Workshop – now in a private virtual setting.

Workshop Schedule

  • Tuesday, 11:30 AM EST with Coach Debbie B.

  • Wednesday, 12:15 PM EST with Coach Bobbi C.

  • Thursday, 12:15 PM EST with Coach Denise S.

Current WW members can join the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Connect Group. Just click here to join. Important: You must click the link from a mobile device that has the WW app installed to be directed to the Connect group in the WW app. You must also be a WW Digital + Workshop member.

Digital

The cost for digital memberships is now $8.48 payable by credit card, debit card, or PayPal, which renews monthly until cancelled by the member. Weight Watchers digital membership allows individuals to follow the plan entirely online with interactive tools and resources.

To Register

A state email and WW username with First Initial, Last Name, and three (3) digit agency code must be used to register. For example, JDoe158 for the Virginia Retirement System or JDoe601 for the Department of Health.
The agency code for Virginia Tech is 208. Use of a personal email address and incorrect username will result in cancellation of the membership.

Employees not enrolled in a state health plan, spouses, and/or adult dependents are only eligible for WW discounted pricing only.
Use of a personal email address and personal WW username is allowed.

Reimbursement

With the new pricing structure and a subsidy provided by the Commonwealth of Virginia, reimbursement is no longer provided.

Need more information?

Contact Hokie Wellness at hokiewellness@vt.edu or WW at 866-204-2885.