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Posted May 20 2019

CommonHealth Wellness Champion Award Nominations

Nominate a colleague for the CommonHealth Wellness Champion Award! This award celebrates employees who have, in the past six months, made significant changes in health behavior, motivated others to make healthier choices, and helped create a culture of wellness for Virginia. 

Up to five awardees will have their stories highlighted in CommonHealth publications and receive a framed certificate, signed by the governor of Virginia, and a gift bag from CommonHealth.

The deadline to nominate a colleague for the award is June 15, 2019. More information, including the full criteria, is available on the Wellness Champs webpage.


Posted May 20 2019

CommonHealth Weekly Wellnote: Serenity, Now!

Each week, CommonHealth, the state's Employee Wellness Program releases a Weekly Wellnote. These notes aim to enhance your well-being by giving you tips on topics such as nutrition, sleep, and exercise.  

This week's Weekly Wellnote reminds us to take a moment to breathe throughout the day. Check out the Weekly Wellnote here!

You may also visit CommonHealth's site to read past Weekly Wellnotes


Posted May 17 2019

Compressed Schedules and the Holiday

If you use the compressed schedule work option, please be aware of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday on May 27, 2019. For the holiday, employees with compressed schedules receive 8 hours of holiday pay and/or compensatory leave, depending on the situation, regardless of their compressed schedule hours.

There are three possible scenarios. These examples are based on a full-time schedule. Leave and pay are pro-rated for part-time employees. For non-exempt employees with a compressed schedule, they will record 8 hours of holiday leave on their timesheet on the day of the holiday:

1. With supervisor approval, the employee can choose to temporarily work a traditional work schedule for the week:

  • The employee would work 8 hours each day of the week then receive 8 hours of holiday pay on the holiday

2. If the employee chooses to continue their compressed schedule and the holiday falls on a day when the employee would normally work:

  • The employee needs to account for their full compressed schedule work hours for the day that falls on the holiday
    • The employee receives 8 hours of holiday pay
    • For the remaining hours, the employee can either make up the hours during the week or take additional leave on the holiday
    • For example: If the employee normally works 9 hours on the day of the holiday, they will receive 8 hours of holiday pay and either work an additional hour during the week or take one hour of leave on the day of the holiday

3. If the employee chooses to continue their compressed schedule and the holiday falls on a day when the employee would not normally work:

  • The employee will enter 8 hours under compensatory leave earned when they complete their timesheet
  • The employee will then have 8 hours of compensatory leave they can use, with supervisor approval, within one year from the pay period in which the hours are accrued (State Policy 3.10)

If you have any questions, please contact HR & Payroll at 3-2600 or


Posted May 8 2019

Well-Being Seminar: Re-learn to Relax

When is the last time you felt so relaxed that you could totally unwind? Life moves fast and those moments of quiet relaxation seem few and far between. The Re-learn to Relax: CommonHealth’s Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness for Busy Beginners  program will:

  • Guide participants through a 5-minute, daily meditation exercise
  • Discuss the physical and mental benefits of meditation and mindfulness
  • Explore ways to find moments of calm during busy days
  • Discuss how to use technology to your advantage
  • Address techniques to help you power down for a good night’s sleep

Session details and registration links:

If you have questions, please email


Posted April 30 2019

Flexible Summer @ Mason is from May 26, 2019, to August 18, 2019!

During this time, supervisors are strongly encouraged to allow their faculty and staff to integrate flexible work opportunities into their schedules, if and when possible. While flexible work options are encouraged throughout the year, summer is a perfect time to make it happen!

To participate:

  • Visit for information about different types of flexible work opportunities
  • Fill out a Flexible Work Agreement and submit it to your supervisor for approval
  • Choose a start and end date that works for your team and is approved by your supervisor
  • Check the box next to “Telework/Telework Week/Summer Telework” and/or any other flexible work option you will be utilizing during the summer
  • Indicate in the comments box that you are submitting an agreement for Flexible Summer at Mason 2019

Please note: those who participate in Flexible Summer @ Mason are doing so under the Flexible Work Policy, #2202. Additionally, the Commonwealth DHRM requires full-time state employees to work a full 40 hour work week.

If you have any questions, please contact


Posted April 24 2019

Remote Work Reminder

If an employee in your department works remotely, even for a short period of time, they must fill out a Flexible Work Agreement.

An employee is considered a remote worker if:

  • They spend most, or all, of their working outside the traditional place of work
  • Visits to campus are infrequent
  • The location is sufficiently far away that daily commuting is not possible
  • Or the position is designed specifically for off-site work 

Classified Staff, Administrative/Professional Faculty, and Instructional/Research Faculty, if working remotely, are required to fill out an agreement.* This agreement should be renewed every year that the employee is working remotely in order to keep accurate data.

If you have any questions, please contact or visit our Flexible Work website.

*Remote Adjunct Faculty are not required to fill out an agreement, but should contact to indicate their status as a remote worker.


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Bright Horizons Care Advantage Logo

Sittercity's Corporate Program is now known as Bright Horizons Care Advantage. Faculty, staff, and graduate students have a complimentary subscription to Sittercity's comprehensive database of in-home caregivers for child care, pet care, home care and tutoring plus Years Ahead, a senior care resource that can assist you in developing a plan to care for an aging loved one.

To learn more and to register for free access, please visit myMasonHR.

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Important note: Mason does not own, sponsor, or endorse Bright Horizons Care Advantage. It is your responsibility to carefully screen and check the references of any caregivers, including those who are listed on Bright Horizons Care Advantage, before you retain their services.

Stay Well

See how your Mason benefits package can help you stay well. Details under "Preventive Screenings". Wellness events and information abound at Wellness by Mason, an interdepartmental effort to promote a healthy Mason!



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