Occupational wellness includes job satisfaction, the ability to use one's talents and skills at work, and ambitions for professional growth and change
Quick Tips to Improve Occupational Wellness
- Job Shadow within the department
- Create connections with your co-workers
- Reorganize your workspace
- Explore your strengths
Foster healthy communication with coworkers with the 12 Effective Communication Strategies to Use at Work
Recruitment and Retention Team
(Courtesy of Natasha Jones – Recruitment and Retention Supervisor)
The Recruitment and Retention team is focused on wellness by engaging with staff employed with the Indiana Department of Correction. The Recruitment and Retention Team understands that increasing engagement correlates with understanding the relationship between a company and its employee. The RR Team focuses on retention by the following measures, staff engagement, roll calls, ops report follows ups and employee recognition. The RR team partners with the facility to help to maintain the lines of communication between employees, departments and facilities are open and clear. The RR team and the Facilities are looking for new and creative ways to improve the employee’s emotional commitment to the workplace i.e.. the “culture” A healthy employee can improve the culture of the workplace.
- Current career opportunities
- RRC's, Leadership Academy, Peer Leadership, EEL, FAQ's.
- ERO Teams information can be found on the IDOC website HERE
Empower Work @
Do you need a place to vent about work related issues? Empower work is a confidential text line for work issues. Text (510) 674-1414 to connect with a trained peer counselor immediately and ANONYMOUSLY.
Emotional wellness is the ability to successfully handle life's stresses and adapt to change and difficult times.
Quick Tips to Improve Emotional Wellness
- Practice self-compassion
- Try out deep breathing or guided meditation
- Oak App - download to smart phone
- Balance App - download to smart phone - free for a year
- Sanvello App (link)
- Oak App - download to smart phone
- Create a bedtime routine for healthier sleep
Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is now through Optum and contains numerous resources at no additional cost to you! Through the live and work well website (liveandworkwell.com), you’ll find resources including but not limited to substance use, mental health, parenting, and even legal support!
You can also find your personal authorization code for EIGHT free sessions with a licensed mental health professional. Keep in mind that wait times can sometimes last up to 10 days or more – remember it is best to schedule appointments before our mental health becomes unmanageable. We do not have to be in crisis to begin working with a mental health professional.
If you are unable to wait up to 10 days for help, please call 1-800-886-9747 to receive 24/7 confidential help.
From Correctional Fatigue to Fulfillment
A substance use disorder is a treatable disease involving the brain, body, environment, and life experiences. Since each of these factors are different for each person, so is the path to recovery.
Gain more knowledge about steps to recovery, common substance use misconceptions, and help for loved ones using the resources below.
Support Group Finder
Spiritual wellness is being connected to something greater than yourself and having a set of values, principles, morals, and beliefs that provide a sense of purpose and meaning to life.
- Explore your spiritual core
- Connect with your faith community
- Practice meditation
- Practice journaling Journaling_Wellness.pdf
- Engage in prayer
Quick Tips to Improve Spiritual Wellness
Environmental wellness is having good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being.
- Create a joyful living space
- Declutter, add color, and bring in more light
- Consider swapping out harmful chemicals around your home
- Participate in a community garden
- Consider carpooling to work
- COA Employees IDOA: Carpooling
- Take a walk around your local park
Quick Tips to Improve Environmental Wellness
Financial wellness includes the total picture of your financial health, including how your financial situation affects your stress levels and overall mental and physical health. It is a constant journey of adjusting to maintain financial equilibrium.
Quick Tips to Improve Financial Wellness
- Take a financial stress assessment
- Use a budget that works for you
- Schedule your two free meetings with a money coach
- Check your credit report for errors
- Build your financial literacy
- State Employee Discounts
- Live and Work Well
- Online financial stress assessment
- Self-directed online learning modules on credit, debt, and budgeting
- Financial calculator to assess your current situation
- Tax consultation and preparation
- 25% discount for preparation of all personal income tax documents
- 2 calls with a money coach – 100% confidential
- Retirement Plans - INPRS: State of Indiana Retirement Medical Benefits Account Plan, Auditor: Hoosier START: Home (in.gov)
- State Disability and Worker’s Comp - SPD: Benefits: Disability and Worker’s Compensation (in.gov)
- Flexible Spending Account - SPD: Benefits: Flexible Spending Accounts
- Life Insurance offered for state employees - SPD: Benefits: Life Insurance
- Non-Tobacco Use Incentive – Did you know you could save $35 in medical premium per pay period by agreeing to not use tobacco? Check out more information here - SPD: Benefits: Non-Tobacco Use Incentive
- Prescription Coverage - SPD: Benefits: Prescription Coverage (in.gov)
Physical wellness is listening to and taking care of your body for optimal health and functioning. It consists of recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep, as well as preventing illness and injury or managing chronic health conditions.
Quick Tips to Improve Physical Health
- Practice mindful eating
- Schedule your annual wellness visit (and receive a $100 gift card)
- Unplug from your phone 30 minutes before bed
- Limit your use of tobacco and alcohol
Non-Tobacco Use Incentive – Did you know you could save $35 in medical premium per pay period by agreeing to not use tobacco? Check out more information here - SPD: Benefits: Non-Tobacco Use Incentive
- From couch to a 5k
- None to Run - (said to be better for beginners)
- A Day of Rest: 12 Scientific Reasons Why It Work
- Learn more about health plan options here - SPD: Benefits: Health Plan Options (in.gov)
Social wellness refers to the relationships we have and how we interact with others. It involves building healthy, nurturing, and supportive relationships as well as fostering genuine connections with those around you. Social wellness also includes showing respect for others, oneself, and other cultures.
Quick Tips to Improve Social Wellness
- Surround yourself with a good support system
- Engage in hobbies and extracurriculars
- Consider joining your facilities employee engagement committee
- Practice effective communication Effective Communication - HelpGuide.org
- Connect with your facilities community engagement coordinator
Find out more with the Social Wellness Toolkit.
Learn about paid community service leave @
Intellectual wellness recognizes creative abilities and encourages us to find ways to expand our knowledge and skills. Intellectual wellness can be developed through personal and professional development, cultural involvement, and community involvement.
Quick Tips to Improve Intellectual Wellness
- Visit your local library
- Join a professional organization
- Indiana Criminal Justice Association (indianacorrectionalassociation.org)
- American Correctional Association ACA
- Discover what your mind can do
- Brain health app
- IDOC: Staff Development & Training
- IDOC: Staff Development & Training
- Employee Educational Opportunities (in.gov)
- Apps to keep your brain active: