COVID-19 Employee Resources

Employee Resources for COVID-19

This page provides Wellesley College employees with resources, tips, and tools from the Office of Human Resources & Equal Opportunity to provide support during this challenging time.

Resources Quicklinks:

HR Office Contact Information:

Virtual Office Hours

The Office of Human Resources & Equal Opportunity has dedicated time each week to meet with employees to provide additional assistance, guidance, and coaching on issues that employees may be facing.

COVID-19 Policy Questions

Carolyn Slaboden
Chief Human Resource Officer, 781-283-2216
Schedule a virtual meeting with Carolyn


Claudia Rodriguez
Director of Talent Management and Development, 781-283-2242
Schedule a virtual meeting with Claudia


Union Policy Questions

Donna Scally
Director, Labor and Employee Relations, 781-283-2214
Schedule a virtual meeting with Donna


Carolyn Slaboden
Chief Human Resource Officer, 781-283-2216
Schedule a virtual meeting with Carolyn

Benefits Questions

Kelly Robinson
Director of Total Rewards, 781-283-2215
Schedule a virtual meeting with Kelly


Paid Time Off / Leave of Absence Questions

JoAnne O'Beirne
Human Resources Information Specialist, 781-283-2231
Schedule a virtual meeting with JoAnne


Kelly Robinson
Director of Total Rewards, 781-283-2215
Schedule a virtual meeting with Kelly

Employment Questions (Administrative Staff & Union)

Brittany Rodriguez
Employment Specialist

Cristina DeGaetano
Assistant Director of Employment and Recruiting, 781-283-3303
Schedule a virtual meeting with Cristina

Onboarding Questions

Mark Furlow
Human Resources Assistant, 781-283-2210
Schedule a virtual meeting with Mark


Cristina DeGaetano
Assistant Director of Employment and Recruiting, 781-283-3303
Schedule a virtual meeting with Cristina

Compensation Questions (Non-Payroll Questions)

Meshack Ellis

Compensation and Benefits Analyst, 781-283-2211

Schedule a virtual meeting with Meshack



Employee Wellness

The following resources are meant to support your physical, emotional and financial wellbeing during challenging times:


Physical Health Resources:

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
phone: 1-888-333-HPHC
Coronavirus resources from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan Participants: COVID-19 Testing and Coverage

Harvard Pilgrim is covering the cost of up to eight over-the-counter, at-home COVID-19 tests per member, per month. Tests must be approved or granted emergency use authorization by the FDA. View list.
You will need to pay out of pocket and then complete the online form HERE, or print this form and mail it to Harvard Pilgrim along with copies of receipts. Instructions on how to submit for reimbursement are included on this form. Harvard Pilgrim will continue to work on finding additional solutions to simplify this process.
As the COVID-19 situation continues to change, Harvard Pilgrim continues to offer resources for support.  


Is telehealth an option?

Telemedicine services, such as video visits with Doctor On Demand, are available to Harvard Pilgrim members. If you have concerns related to COVID-19, you can check in with a health care provider from home (via smartphone, tablet or computer) to determine whether you need to take further action and to avoid long emergency room waits. Telehealth visits may help limit the spread of the disease. It may also be an option for individuals in self-imposed quarantine to check in with a health care provider.

Harvard Pilgrim - Virtual Wellness Classes
In these times of uncertainty, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is offering complimentary wellbeing offerings.  Check back periodically for new programs.
~Staying well together, while apart


Doctor on Demand
Doctor on Demand Coronavirus Assessment

Harvard Pilgrim participants have access to Dr. On Demand to connect with a doctor, psychiatrist, or psychologist through video on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Optum Rx
phone: 1-855-546-3439

Optum Rx is our prescription drug program. To meet the clinical needs of our members and comply with applicable CDC guidance, as well as federal, state, and local government requirements, OptumRx Clinical Affairs is allowing members to refill their maintenance medications early to ensure they have an uninterrupted supply of medication during the COVID-19 threat.

The COVID-19 KnovaSolutions

KnovaSolutions is a no-cost, confidential clinical decision support service that helps those with concerns regarding COVID-19. Learn more about COVID-19 KnovaSolutions.

Taking Care of Yourself

Workout at Home Resources

Working at home doesn’t have to mean stopping your workouts. Even if your gym is closed or your favorite exercise class is cancelled, you, your coworkers and your family members can maintain health and wellness and maybe even have some fun by working out at home.


Learn More 


Live Well, Work Well: Marsh & McLennan March 2021 Newsletter

The WellConnected newsletter contains information around eating healthy on a budget, healthy sleep habits, and combatting the flu. This month's recipe is chicken and broccoli bake! 

Access Here

​​​​Mental Health Resources:

Harvard Pilgrim - Talkspace and Virtual Wellness Classes
In an effort to provide innovative support during these difficult times, Harvard Pilgrim is now offering Talkspace, a secure digital messaging service that offers same-day therapy with licensed behavioral health providers. Click here for more information. 
In these times of uncertainty, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is also offering complimentary wellbeing offerings. Check back at this link periodically for new programs.
~Staying well together, while apart
AllOne Health Employee Assistance Program (EAP) (use code wcollege)
phone: 1-800-451-1834

AllOne Health's work/life website, My Life Expert, provides you with thousands of articles, videos, worksheets, quick health and lifestyle assessments, interactive checklists, webinars, and online training sessions.


This resource provides low or no cost access to confidential counseling and referral services.


Article Resources





Get the Mobile App

meQuilibrium is a digital coaching platform that can help you to manage stress and improve your health and well-being.

View meQuilibrium's Cup of Calm Newsletters.

View the Handling the New Normal: Managing Tech, Anxiety, and Social Distancing webinar. 

meQuilibrium is providing new resources to help you navigate this challenging time and provide you with tools to stay focused and productive.

Health Advocate
phone: 1-866-695-8622

With this program, you have your own personal health advocate to help you find the right doctors, get cost estimates, help resolve insurance claims and assist with elder care.

Managing the Emotional Impact of COVID-19
Listen to Health Advocates webinar Coronavirus: The Psychological Effects, presented by licensed psychologist Bert Alicea. This discussion shares insight on managing the emotional impact of the current outbreak.

Manage Stress with Yoga at Home

Learn how to safely and holistically manage your stress with this instructional yoga video. This beginner's-level instructional yoga class will stretch your back, neck, and shoulders, leaving you less stressed, and feeling relaxed. 

Meditation with Deepak Chopra

Join Oprah Winfrey's Super Soul Conversations as renowned spiritual pioneer Deepak Chopra discusses meditation and answers the most frequently asked questions. 

Listen to the podcast.

Brain Manager App

Brain Manager delivers cognitive behavioral therapy through a custom, personalized experience to help with stress and anxiety.  Learn more about the Brain Manager App.

COVID-19 Mental Health Toolkit
These are unprecedented times. We need to work extra hard to manage our emotions well. Expect to have a lot of mixed feelings. Naturally we feel anxiety, and maybe waves of panic, particularly when seeing new headlines. ... In this guide, we suggest radical acceptance of the situations we cannot control, and focus on what we can do.
Mental Health Toolkit
Marsh & McLennan's toolkit encompasses five common topics, which affect an employee both in and out of the workplace. It also includes an educational piece that will direct you where to go for care depending on your unique situation.
Resources for Enjoying the Holidays

Click here to visit our page with resources for enjoying the holidays this season. 

Financial Health Resources:


TIAA is available to talk with you about your investment choices, your allocation mix and your overall investment strategy given your retirement goals.

phone: 1-800-842-2252

Meet with a financial consultant at Wellesley College

TIAA Bank has developed a comprehensive COVID-19 Resource Center to provide timely information and updates.

Certified Financial Planner

The College gives you the opportunity to schedule a private financial counseling appointment with an independent, certified financial planner (CFP). These CFPs come to campus to meet with you on general financial and retirement planning issues and questions. The College pays the full cost of one visit per year for you.

To schedule an appointment, please contact Human Resources at

Metro Credit Union Hardship Loan

To support our Employees during these unprecedented times, Metro Credit Union is offering a Hardship Loan to assist those facing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Please review this flyer for more information. 

Resources for Employees Caring for Children and Adults

The following resources and information provide support for employees balancing the demands of others while working.

Supporting Caregivers During Covid-19

In this guide, we have provided links to webinars, resources and articles to help support you.

Article: Supporting Caregivers During Covid-19

The following guide from Marsh & McLennan provides resources related to remote learning and mental health.  

Article: MMA Parent Resource Guide

This article from Lincoln Financial provide information on Balancing Remote Working and Learning

MeQuilibrium - Support for Families

meQuilibrium is a digital coaching platform that can help you to manage stress and improve your health and well-being.

meQuilibrium - Support for Families

To promote resilient solutions while caretaking, MeQuilibrium provides resources to support our employees who are trying to balance child care and work during these unprecedented times. Please Log into the website to access this information. 

Visit MeQuilibrium's "Content that Supports Families" for more information.  


ArticleHow to Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety

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Harvard Pilgrim Parent Portal

Havard Pilgrim members have access to the HPHC Parent Portal.  The Parent Portal offers a Symptom Checker, powered by Boston Children’s Hospital, to guide parents to the right care for their child based on symptoms experienced.

Download PDF about HPHC Parent Portal

Caring for Aging Parents and Older Adults

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has provided guidance for older adults and people with aging parents to help prevent the spread COVID-19.

Visit the CDC website for guidance.

Resources from Newton-Wellesley Hospital

The Newton-Wellesley Hospital has provided COVID-19 resources on coping and building resilience, parent resources and self care, supporting children through COVID-19, and more. 

View the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Resources.
phone: 1-855-781-1303 is a resource that can help provide care for your children, older adults, your pets, and your home. Information Page

Presentation: Virtual Benefits Presentation

ArticleWhat Families and Caregivers Should Know About Coronavirus

Article: Resources for Employees Caring for Children and Adults

Webinar: Making Distance Learning Work

View benefit overview


Resources for Working Remotely and Managing a Partially Remote Workforce:


Avoid Burnout While Working Remotely

Harvard Business Review has provided tips for eliminating burnout while working from home. 

Watch the video for helpful tips.

LinkedIn Learning: Optimize Working Remotely

LinkedIn Learning has provided a free learning path to help make working remotely more effective. Topics include time management, productivity, managing stress and well-being, leading virtual meetings, and more.

View the LinkedIn Learning Remote Working Learning Path

LinkedIn Learning is also offering a free course on how to more effectively utilize Google Hangouts.

View the LinkedIn Learning Google Hangouts Training

Skill Soft: Managing Virtual Work

Skillsoft has provided a series of videos that discuss managing the remote working world. Topics include supporting remote team members, overcoming virtual team conflict, assessing and managing virtual team performance, virtual communications skills, and more.

View the Skillsoft playlist.