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Current Offerings:

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to all benefited employees and their families. This benefit provides four free sessions with a licensed professional counselor for any reason at all. There are virtual and phone-based options available, presenting a safer alternative to in-person appointments during this time of social distancing. If you or someone in your family are interested in utilizing this benefit, please call the number below that is associated with your individual health plan:

  • If you have Anthem (COVA care or COVA HDHP), call: 1-855-223-9277
  • If you have Aetna (COVA HealthAware), call: 1-888-238-6232
  • If you have Kaiser Permanente HMO, call 1-866-517-7042
  • If you have Optima, call: 1-866-846-2682

As announced in the message from Vice President for Human Resources Bryan Garey published Sunday, March 15, faculty and staff are encouraged to explore alternative work options including telework, flexible schedules, and leave. Managers and unit leaders are encouraged to arrange for employees to work remotely, if this can be achieved while still allowing the university to accomplish its important missions. For more information, please follow this link.

Ikaria offers free virtual community “meetups” to help people stay connecting during this time of social distancing. Events include virtual yoga and Zumba classes, meditation, musical circle time for children, virtual lunch meetups, and much more.

Available Programming:

Resiliency In the Workplace: The Key to Connection

Building meaningful connections in the workplace can be difficult and loneliness is not an uncommon experience. Join our workshop to learn how social connection is key to promoting resiliency. We will discuss the different types of social support we all need to thrive and practice the communication skills that help nurture secure relationships. We will also explore different strategies and available resources for increasing the sense of social support and decreasing loneliness in the workplace.

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Hokie How-to: Nutrition

Check out our Youtube channel for cool how-to videos on healthy snacks and meals!

To see more recipes and to get some to try for yourself, visit our Nutrition at Home page!

Virtual Learning Center

Find resources on working, leading, and learning in any environment! Talent Development has curated virtual learning opportunities with the Virginia Tech community in mind. Interested in tips for working at home, leading at a distance, enhancing teamwork, communicating with transparency, or building resilience? Explore these self-paced opportunities here.

Be sure to view the online content, any associated exercise files, and key takeaways or job aids to apply the information for continuous professional development! Certificates of completion will be available for all LinkedIn Learning courses.

Don't hesitate to contact us at with any questions or concerns. We look forward to connecting with you soon!