Working during COVID-19

Professional development and wellness while working from home

Updated Thursday, March 26, 2020

Stay home, stay healthy, and stay on track.

In accordance with the Governor’s March 23 “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, as many employees as possible are working from home. For employees whose regular job duties can’t be performed at home, this list of professional development and wellness activities will enhance job skills, further education, and help you take advantage of UW resources you may not have fully explored.

Use this time to become more familiar with UW resources

Review the ISC’s Employee Workday Training to learn how to best navigate Workday.

Learn how to use UW Zoom video conferencing, sign up for Zoom training sessions, view webinars and more

Explore resources, stories and more on the Diversity at the UW site.

Enhance your personal awareness and help keep our community safe by reviewing SafeCampus guidance.

Master your online safety and security with training videos from the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer.

Review your labor contract if you are a contract-covered staff member.

Professional staff can review the provisions of the Professional Staff Program and explore all that the Professional Staff Organization (PSO) has to offer.

Complete required UW trainings

Asbestos Awareness is required to be completed one time by all UW employees upon hire.

Environmental Health & Safety offers online courses to comply with federal, state and local safety regulations and promote a culture of safety.

Title IX offers trainings which address sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.

In addition to Reporting Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect online training required for all UW employees, the Office for Youth Programs Development and Support offers additional trainings to support youth health and safety.

Deepen your professional skills

Develop your information technology skills with these UW-IT training resources or these free online workshops on teaching tools, such as Canvas and lecture capture, and on digital productivity tools including Microsoft Excel, as well as creative tools such as Adobe InDesign, Sound Studio, and several digital video editing systems.

LinkedIn is offering 16 courses free-of-charge to help UW employees stay connected and productive.

Explore trainings and resources offered through Professional and Organizational Development. Make sure to stop by the Leadership Cafe and enjoy The Leading Edge.

UW Professional & Continuing Education recommends the free online courses from UW faculty, offered as MOOCs.

Leverage the UW’s subscriptions to Gartner, the Education Advisory Board, and EDUCAUSE for a rich array of resources, information, and expert advice on information technology and other topics.

Discover online tools available through the UW Libraries to learn more in your field.

The Seattle Public Libraries are never really closed. In addition to checking out books, check out their online learning resources including lynda.com and Mango Languages.

Khan Academy has free classes on virtually any subject you can think of.

Discover Ted talks, a library of short, captivating talks by experts across every walk of life.

Focus on your wellness

Stay healthy and connected to your UW community with free virtual mindfulness and fitness classes. Check this weekly calendar to select from strength training, yoga, dance, meditation, and more!

Find a wide range of online resources for personal growth on the UW CareLink website. To sign in, under the register tab, enter UW for the organization code. You will then be asked to set up your personal login account.