April 13, 2020

To: Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Janet P. Broiles, Chief of Staff
Cc: Laurence B. Alexander, Chancellor

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are faced with balancing the mechanics of working from home with the emotional implications of managing it all: work, home, family and most importantly, your own self-care.

We hope that you are following the Centers for Disease Control’s directives for staying safe. During this complicated time, please remember to take care of your mental health as well as your physical health. In the words of Winston Churchill, “We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle, nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.” We’ve compiled a list of tools so that you can face life with more equanimity. While we are required to maintain social distance, please know that you are not alone, UAPB is in Pine Bluff but the Golden Lion Nation is everywhere!

Students, if you need additional help finding mental health assistance, please contact Mr. Elbert Bennett, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (bennette@uapb.edu) . Employees needing assistance with the Employee Assistance Program, please contact Mrs. Gladys Benford, Director of Human Resources (benfordg@uapb.edu) .

How to Increase Your Productivity as You Work from Home
  1. Get Dressed.
  2. Maintain Regular Hours. Set a schedule, and stick to it!
  3. Create a Morning Routine.
  4. Promptly return emails, calls, and voice mails!
  5. Set Ground Rules with the People in Your Space.
  6. Schedule Breaks.
  7. Protect Your Time.
  8. Turn on a White Noise Machine or App.
  9. Managers, Tell Your Team How They Can Reach You.
  10. Make Sure to Clarify Expectations for Your Team.
  11. Make It Harder for Yourself to Mess Around on Social Media. Log Out of Every Account

Work from Home Resources

23 Essential Tips for Working Remotely: Follow these tips to keep your whole team's productivity and morale high

Support during the COVID-19 pandemic

4 ways to be productive and avoid distractions when working from home

3 Productivity Tips from Work-From-Home Veterans

5 Tips for Staying Productive and Mentally Healthy While You're Working From Home

20 Tips for Working From Home

Foundations for Successfully Working from Home for the Recently Officeless

Mental Health Resources

Student Counseling, Assessment & Development
870-575-8492 or 870-575-8969

Southeast Arkansas Behavioral Healthcare System, Incorporated

Arkansas Employee Assistance Program
1- 800-542-6021

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Stress and Coping

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty

Disaster Distress Helpline

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224