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Moving forward, together, wherever we are

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In the face of unprecedented disruption from the coronavirus pandemic, Stanford employees continue to work every day to provide services, resources and interim steps to support each other.

Our collective efforts over the past several weeks of worldwide upheaval have resulted in the fast adoption of work changes on a scale most of us have not previously experienced. Through all the changes, members of our workplace community have made unprecedented sacrifices, both large and small, as we confront—and embrace—our new workplace reality.

For many of us, working from home every day or teaching virtually has meant quickly mastering new technologies and work practices. For others of us, continuing to work onsite every day to conduct vital research or provide critical infrastructure for others in our community has meant leaving the safety of home in a time of great uncertainty.

As we find our “new normal” together, please know that your capabilities, collaborative spirit, and commitment to continuing forward are deeply appreciated. During this time, we thought you may want to know about the services and programs that continue to be available to support your employee experience.

Find Workplace Help

What you need Where to look
University-wide announcements Health Alerts website
Human Resources guidance Workplace Guide on Cardinal at Work
Benefits questions University HR Service Team is operating remotely,
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT.
Call 877-905-2985 or 650-736-2985
IT support Work Anywhere site
Submit a Help ticket/Review the Knowledge Base
Transportation updates COVID-19 related transportation topics or or 650-723-9362
Dining (take out options on Main Campus) List of open retail cafes

Virtual Programming for You


BeWell has adjusted its incentive program so that you can complete it remotely.

  • Remote Advising appointments are available, and you do not have to complete your 2020 Screening to continue the program and earn your incentive. Log into your account to register for a remote Advising appointment, either by phone or Zoom video. Read more.
  • Find tips for taking care of yourself in BeWell’s Guide to Self Care.

Faculty Staff Help Center is here for you

The center, now operating remotely, offers free professional and confidential counseling for individuals, couples and families, including bilingual counseling, to address both work and personal issues.

As we work remotely, the Health Improvement Program (HIP) is pleased to offer online Healthy Living classes and health and wellness apps to support your health and keep you connected during this time. 

Stanford Recreation & Wellness has created a landing page with lots of free options on the Virtual Recreation & Wellness hub. There you will find links to many resources, including the Movement Motivation Contest, where you can inspire or be inspired by your friends and colleagues. They offer live classes and meditation on Zoom, a Strava group, and more.

Financial wellness

Free 1-on-1 financial counseling: Appointments with advisors from Fidelity and TIAA are still available and offered by phone or video conference (view the schedule), which are perfect if you have questions about the investments you are in, if you are saving enough, how to consolidate retirement accounts from previous employers, and more.

Webinars addressing investors’ current concerns and market volatility have been added by all of our vendor partners:

The monthly Stanford Contributory Retirement Plan workshop hosted by Stanford Benefits is now held via Zoom. (View the schedule.)

Benefits workshops

Whether you are planning for maternity leave or retirement in the near future, the monthly lunchtime workshops hosted by the University HR Service Team are now held via Zoom. See the dates and webinar information for each:

Family support

The WorkLife Office has created a page of resources to support families and caregivers during this stressful time.

Online learning

Virtual learning: new webinars for individual contributors and managers with tips to manage ourselves through the COVID emergency are offered by Talent Management & Workforce Strategy in University HR. Additionally, new and timely topics have been added to the spring quarter professional development classes, and all classes have converted to online formats. View the course calendar to see options.

UIT is providing all tech training classes online this spring. See the schedule of classes.

Stanford Continuing Studies is offering new and expanded online courses throughout April and May, with two styles of courses this spring: virtual (live lectures and discussions) and online (on-demand with weekly meetings). Check out the list of the many “late-start” classes.

Remember to login to LinkedIn Learning to select a topic for virtual learning with free, on-demand videos.

'Distant socializing,' staying engaged

Sustainable Stanford has ideas for how you might connect with peers and others while staying at home - online book clubs, meal prep and cooking, and more. Get inspired.

Stuck@Home: A Stanford Medicine Virtual Concert is a weekly hour of musical performances by Stanford Medicine faculty, residents, staff, students and friends. Join via Zoom webinar. See when the next concert will be live.

Stay engaged with service during the public health emergency. HAAS Center for Public Service offers ideas for how you can give back, volunteer and support causes that are important to you, from a distance. Read about community care options.

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